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2001 Dead Sea Scrolls Conference

An international conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls as Background to Postbiblical Judaism and Early Christianity

26-28 June 2001

Organizer: Dr. James R. Davila (Lecturer in Early Jewish Studies, University of St. Andrews)

Sponsors: the Divinity School of the University of St. Andrews; the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History of the University of St. Andrews; and the British Academy

The Conference

This conference gathered scholars from around the world to explore how the Dead Sea Scrolls contribute to our knowledge of the background of both rabbinic and noncanonical forms of Judaism, and of the origins and early development of Christianity. It consisted of seven seminar papers (one-hour presentations followed by 20-30 minutes of discussion) and fourteen short papers (20-25 minute presentations with 5-10 minutes of discussion).


A related online course module and discussion list

In preparation for the conference, Dr. Davila taught a course module on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Divinity School of the University of St. Andrews, in which students read and discussed the major sectarian texts from Qumran with a view toward understanding their place in Second Temple Judaism. Attention was also given to the archaeological context of the Qumran discoveries, as well as to the revolutionary importance of the scrolls for our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and later Judaism. The module was taught alongside an international Internet discussion list ( which began in February 2001 and closed on 30 June 2001. For more details, see the Dead Sea Scrolls web page.


Seminar presenters



Last updated 30th June 2001

Dr James R Davila (

Contact details

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

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