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Monday, April 15, 2013

Professor Lawrence Schiffman Speaks to Students About the Dead Sea Scrolls

Professor Lawrence Schiffman recently visited the Yeshivah of Flatbush to speak to our Juniors about the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls paralleling their class discussions on this topic. He explained that the scrolls were originally believed to be the source of Proto-Christian history, and only later was it proven that the scrolls were in fact of Jewish origins. The collection of over 900 scrolls were written by a sectarian group that lived by the Dead Sea. Schiffman then shared some of his personal stories involving the scrolls, and how he was given the incredible opportunity to be one of the first historians to study the scrolls in-person. The students were fascinated by Professor Schiffman's accomplishments, and gained insight into how much history was learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls.  ~Abie Tawil