Friday, February 25, 2005


We have lost one student since my last reckoning here, so we now have a total of 15. That means that one topic has to be dropped. With regret, I've settled on this being the Groningen hypothesis. Maybe another year for that one. I have updated the course web page accordingly. Next Tuesday we'll have our first seminar discussion - on the Hodayot/Hymns Scroll.

More on the Charlotte Exhibit

There's more on the upcoming Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Charlotte here and here. The slogan "Thou shalt be inspired" doesn't do much for me, but evidently some people like it.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Pesharim Lecture

As promised, the Pesharim lecture is now posted on the course website.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Charlotte Exhibit, 2006

A Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition is planned for Charlotte, North Carolina, to open in February of 2006. The Charlotte Observer (free registration required) has the exclusive story:
Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Charlotte

Discovery Place to display fragments of historic texts next year

Religion Editor

Some of history's most sacred objects are coming to Charlotte.

Discovery Place on Thursday is expected to unveil early plans for an exhibit featuring portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls -- fragments that date back to Jesus' time and contain some of the earliest surviving copies of Old Testament books.

When portions of the scrolls go on display for at least three months starting Feb. 17, 2006, the science and technology museum on North Tryon Street uptown anticipates at least 200,000 visitors. By comparison, an exhibit on flight drew 129,500 during a similar three-month period in 2003.


Lecture Delay

A family emergency has kept me away from the office all day and the Pesharim lecture is on my computer there. I'll aim to post it tomorrow. Apologies for the delay.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

War Rule Lecture

This afternoon I lectured on the War Rule and the Pesharim. I've just posted the War Rule lecture on the course website. I'll let you digest it today and will post the Pesharim lecture tomorrow.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Mobile Exhibit Update

The Mobile exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center has been so successful that the press is starting to ask "How does the Exploreum top this?" All museums should have such problems.