Deciphering the Past: Interpreting the Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The discovery of 2,000-year-old parchments, now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, in a cave in Qumran in 1947 remains one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Previously, modern translations of the Bible had been based on a Hebrew manuscript that is less than 1,000 years old. Now, for the first time, scholars who examine these documents are gaining fresh insight into the ancient roots of both rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, and their sacred texts.
Dr. Peter Flint belongs to a group of international scholars who are in the process of publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls and interpreting their significance for understanding the evolution of Judaism and early Christianity. His work includes The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, the first translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls biblical texts into any language, and The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, his The Isaiah Scrolls (the first critical edition of one of the most important documents found at Qumran) will soon be published by Oxford University Press.
As the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, Flint is undertaking a variety of projects, including the completion of a monograph entitled The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible and the publication of the first complete Dead Sea Scrolls apparatus for a Hebrew Bible. As well, he is carrying on his work as the chief editor of a 17-volume series called The Text and Interpretation of Scripture at Qumran.
Flint’s research is contributing to the scholarly understanding of the evolution of two of the world’s major religions and is ensuring that Canada’s Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University will continue to be a leading international centre for Dead Sea Scrolls research.