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Expert Will Lecture at Davidson on Dead Sea Scrolls

By Mario Prohasky '05

September 14, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

James VanderKam
James VanderKam

James C. VanderKam, a distinguished scholar in the field of ancient world theology, will present Davidson College's Otts Lectures about "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible" on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19-20. Both presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. in the C. Shaw Smith room of the Alvarez College Union, and admission is free

VanderKam is the John A. O'Brien professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.A degree from Calvin College in 1968, studied at Calvin Theological Seminary, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

VanderKam's areas of scholarly interest are the history and literature of Early Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures. His research in the last decade has focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he is a member of the editorial committee that is preparing the editions of the remaining unpublished scrolls.

He published a prize-winning book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, in 1994, and it has been translated into six languages. His most recent book is a collection of his essays entitled, From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature.

VanderKam has also published more than 100 essays in journals and books. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and Vetus Testamentum, is an editor of Dead Sea Discoveries, writes the book review notes for Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and is on the editorial boards of several series. He has also delivered papers at many conferences, and has offered invited lectures in a wide variety of places.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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