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Everything You Need to Know About the Dead Sea Scrolls Before You Go

Professor Sam Boyd

Planning a trip to Denver to visit the traveling exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls this summer? If so, get the most out of the experience with an ACE program on June 13 explaining the essentials of what the scrolls are and why they are so important.

Charged with explaining the significance of the scrolls is Professor Sam Boyd, CU professor and scholar of biblical texts and the ancient Near East.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a record of laws, customs, and beliefs in the ancient Middle East, written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek between 200 BCE and 70 CE. Professor Boyd will discuss how the scrolls relate to the concept of scripture and authoritative writings in early Judaism and what they tell us about the origins and developments of the Hebrew Bible.

 

Boyd researches the Bible through various critical methods and in light of wider historical contexts to understand both the production of these documents as well as their history of interpretation.  His particular areas of research include the development of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, legal hermeneutics in the ancient Near East, language ideology in the ancient world, and ritual theory applied to biblical texts. He also has interests in archaeology, Semitic philology and linguistics, and Late Antiquity (Rabbinic biblical interpretation, Ethiopic Christianity, and the advent of Islam).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Appreciating the Exhibit”

Scholar Series with CU Professor Sam Boyd

Wed., June 13, 7:00 pm at the Boulder JCC

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

The regional premiere of this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. In addition, more than 600 artifacts from the ancient Middle East will immerse guests in historic traditions and beliefs that continue to impact world cultures today.

March 16–September 3, 2018

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80212

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with last entry at 4 p.m. each day and extended hours at various times.

Click here for tickets.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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