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Did you miss our evening on "Re-Imagining the Scriptural Past in the Dead Sea Scrolls" this past semester? A sample of the public lectures delivered at the event are now available on the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute YouTube channel. Watch Dr. Peter Flint, Dr. Andrew Perrin, and Dr. Kipp Davis reflect on this theme in light of their recent publications in Qumran studies. All three videos are available in a playlist at

February 2016 - The Dead Sea Scrolls provide fresh perspective on both the words of the Old Testament and ancient Jewish world of the New Testament

As the library of a specialized Jewish scribal community, they also reveal how ancient people and communities rendered their religious traditions relevant to their own culture. Many readers of the Bible today face this same task: scripture is at once ancient and sacred, yet its contemporary relevance is not always evident. Through presentations and discussions with four TWU alumni and authors of recently published books on the Dead Sea Scrolls, our evening will explore how the group that penned and preserved the scrolls navigated this dynamic in their own search for meaning.

Authors Dr. Andrew Perrin, Dr. Kipp Davis, Dr. Marvin Miller, Dr. Dongshin Chang, and Dr. Peter Flint detailed how ancient writers encountered and innovated the biblical past by extending prophecy, claiming revelatory dreams, rethinking covenant theology, and crafting and circulating letters. Dr. Flint, Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, spoke on the relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Bible, theology, Christianity, and how they illumine our own past.

This event was jointly sponsored by the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, TWU Alumni Association, and Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls.