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6:53 PM
May 10, 2007

The World of the Dead Sea Scrolls

A Three Part Lecture Series

Topic: History and Current Issues
Region: Mid-Coastal/Central

Join us for three sessions exploring the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls in preparation for the upcoming exhibit at San Diego’s Natural History Museum, taught by Risa Levitt Kohn, Ph.D., curator of the exhibition and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at SDSU.

June 6th
Part 1: The Discoveries
In this lecture you will learn how the scrolls were discovered, including the many controversies regarding their publication.

June 13th
Part 2: Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
In this class, we will discuss the historical background of the scrolls, as well as the variety of scholarly theories about who wrote them, when and why.

June 20th
Part 3: The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls
In this class, we will discuss the way in which the scrolls have helped shed light on the formation of early Judaism and Christianity.
Class info: 3 meetings Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm Jun 6 - Jun 20, 2007

Tuition: Open to the public.
Members: No charge
Non-members: $30 for all three lectures, or $12 per lecture

Site: Congregation Beth El, Jacobs Family Community Hall, 8660 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

For more information:

Telephone: 858-452-1734

Special Notes: For more information please call: 858-452-1734, or

Risa Levitt Kohn, Ph.D.,is the curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition. She is also the Director of the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University (SDSU) and an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism in SDSU’s Religious Studies department. She was the first to earn a doctorate in ancient history and Hebrew Bible from the University of California, San Diego.
She is the past president of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Pacific Coast Region, and serves as the Chair of the SBL's Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession.
Levitt Kohn's publications include A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, the Exile and the Torah (Sheffield Academic Press). She has lectured extensively on subjects including the world of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish and Christian Origins and Judaism. She has also served as Scholar-in-Residence for the Biblical Archaeology Society Travel/Study Program and was recently honored with a national Regional Scholar Award from the Society of Biblical Literature. She is currently working with Dr. Rebecca Moore on The True Vine: How the First Jews and Christians Read the Bible, to be published later this year by Roman and Littlefield.

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