A Summer’s Day? With What Shall We Compare the Dead Sea Scrolls? – Københavns Universitet

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A Summer’s Day? With What Shall We Compare the Dead Sea Scrolls?


Public lecture by George J. Brooke as a part of the international symposium on Aramaic texts from Qumran: Vision, Narrative, and Wisdom in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran. The lecture can be attended independently from the symposium. 

This lecture asks a question concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls: to what should they be compared? Over the years, many comparisons have been offered: sometimes with texts from the second millennium BCE, sometimes with texts from the Middle Ages, and with everything in between. Comparisons have also been made with items from Babylon to Italy, and from Asia Minor to Egypt. How should such comparisons be controlled? What makes a comparison appropriate? With eight examples from the Bible to the Copper Scroll, from Libraries to Voluntary Associations, the lecture will address some of the issues as it seeks to locate and illuminate the Dead Sea Scrolls within a broader frame of reference.

George J. Brooke, PhD, DD, is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus at the University of Manchester.

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George J. Brooke, PhD, DD, is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus at the University of Manchester. He has written extensively on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He co-edited with Jesper Høgenhaven, The Mermaid and the Partridge (Brill, 2011); his most recent collection of essays is Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (SBL, 2013). He is collaborating with colleagues in Biblical Studies at Copenhagen on a revised edition of some Dead Sea Scroll manuscripts from Cave 4.

Read more about the international symposium: Vision, Narrative, and Wisdom in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran on 14 - 15 August 2017.

Dansk:

Foredraget stiller spørgsmål, ”Hvad kan Dødehavsrullerne sammenlignes med?” Siden de blev fundet for 70 år siden, har man sammenlignet dem fx med lertavler fra mere end 1000 år f.Kr., med skrifter fra middelalderen – og med alt imellem. Man har inddraget fund fra Babylon til Italien og fra Lilleasien til Egypten. Men hvornår giver en sammenligning mening? I foredraget bliver otte eksempler fra Bibelen og til ’Kobberrullen’ hentet frem for at belyse denne problemstilling.

George J. Brooke, PhD, DD, er Rylands professor emeritus i bibelsk eksegese ved University of Manchester og har skrevet om Dødehavsrullerne i hele sin karriere. Sammen med Jesper Høgenhaven har han redigeret The Mermaid and the Partridge (Brill, 2011) med fordrag fra København; hans seneste bog er Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (SBL, 2013). Han samarbejder med kolleger fra Bibelsk Eksegese i København om en revideret udgave af nogle af manuskripterne fra Hule 4 i Qumran.