Bar-Kokhba. Qumran. Ein Gedi. These words roll off the tongues of Dead Sea Scrolls heavy-weights Professor Hanan Eshel and Dr. Esther Eshel. The experts collectively have over 50 years of experience studying the ancient scrolls, the archeology of them and their historical and cultural importance.
The scrolls, found in 11 caves along the northwest shoreline of the Dead Sea about 13 miles east of Jerusalem and 1300 feet below sea level, date from the third century B.C.E. to the first century C.E. and are written on animal skins, papyrus, and copper. The documents are thought to comprise the library of a Jewish sectarian group that lived in the area and are of particular importance to religious and scholarly communities because they include the oldest known copies of both the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) and non-biblical books on community living, wisdom literature, war conduct, hymns, and benedictions that shed light on how this early community lived and perceived themselves in relation to their neighbors.
Associate Professor and former head of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaelology, Dr. Hanan Eshel’s wealth of research has concentrated on excavation research where he tries to combine archeological finds with historical sources, as well as field work and library research.
Dr. Esther Eshel, as part of the international team formed in 1991 to publish the Dead Sea Scrolls was responsible for the publication of 13 of the scrolls found in Cave 4 of the Qumram. These scrolls covered a wide variety of subjects including hymns, a list of transgressions by members of the sect, biographies, and prayers.
On September 9th and 10th at Trinity Western University, the pair will be guest lecturing, and transferring some of the knowledge they have acquired in their vast research with faculty and students. The community is invited to the public lecture titled, “The Archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” The illustrated lecture is free, open to the public and takes place in the Northwest Auditorium Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at TWU’s Langley campus.
More information on Drs. Hanan and Esther Eshel can be found at
Event at a Glance:
What: Public Lecture “The Archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls” by Professor Hanan Eshel. Book sale and signing following the lecture(cash only)
When: September 10th from 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Northwest Auditorium – Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road, Langley BC.
Cost: Free to attend
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-08-31