Beautiful bookhands and careless characters: An alternative approach to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Wednesday 24 January 2018 (17:00-18:30)

The Eighth Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Professor Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar

The Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham warmly invites you The Eighth Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture, this year given by Professor Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar (KU Leuven, Belgium).

Professor Tigchelaar is an international authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism. He is the author of Prophets of Old and the Day of the End and To Increase Learning for the Understanding Ones, the latter a seminal study of a newly discovered ancient Jewish wisdom text. He is the official editor of several Dead Sea Scrolls as well as co-editor of the standard Study Edition, editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Study of Judaism, co-editor of the flagship monograph series Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah, and the author of a large number of influential articles and chapters in books.


The scribes of the Scrolls have recently attracted a lot of attention as several 20th and 21st century forgeries have been suspected. Professor Tigchelaar first raised suspicions about a number of these recently purchased fragments. In this lecture he will share his recent work on the different kinds of scribal hands in the authentic Dead Sea Scrolls.


The lecture is free and open to all, but please register on the lecture's Eventbrite webpage.

The European Research Institute is located in the centre of the University of Birmingham campus (G3 on this campus map), approximately 5 minute walk from University train station, and less than 5 minutes walk from the Pritchatts Road multi-storey car park.

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