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Dead Sea Scrolls: The Texts and Their Meanings
The Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 1947 in caves on the shore of the Dead Sea and are considered to be the most important manuscript discovery of the twentieth century, will be shown at Houston’s Museum of Natural Science during the fall of 2004. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Houston Seminar offers a series of talks and a private tour of the exhibition.
Thursday, September 30: Martin Abegg, co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, Langley, British Columbia and chair of the department of religious studies, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, will discuss the discovery of the scrolls and the controversies and intrigue surrounding their publication, conservation, and control. The talk is in the Imax theater.
Tuesday, October 12: On a private tour of the exhibition, which includes many of the Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts from Qumran, the community that produced them, we will be accompanied by Matthias Henze, associate professor of religious studies at Rice University and a prominent expert on the scrolls. We will meet in the Herzstein Gallery.
Wednesday, October 20: Matthias Henze will explore the Essene community at Qumran, which created the Dead Sea Scrolls. He will discuss the community’s structure, leadership, and theology as they are revealed in the Essenes’ own writings and in descriptions by the Jewish historian Josephus.
Wednesday, October 27: Matthias Henze will talk with us about Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. There are no New Testament figures in the scrolls and they have no direct relationship to Christianity, yet we can learn much about Christianity and Christ by studying the scrolls.