Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jason Kalman
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 152
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    Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    Book Description:

    The bare outline of the story of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is well known both to scholars and in the popular imagination. The precise details—the sequence and causal interplay of events, even some of the key players behind the scenes—are less well known and sometimes completely forgotten or misconstrued. The recovery of this history in all its complexity is vital for understanding how and why scholarly work on the Scrolls developed as it did over the six decades during which the texts were slowly published. Jason Kalman recovers the fascinating story of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s involvement with the Dead Sea Scrolls from their discovery in 1948 until the early 1990s when they were first made accessible to all scholars and to the public. Scholars at HUC-JIR actively participated in efforts to acquire and preserve the manuscripts and played a significant part in breaking the monopoly of scholars initially assigned to publish them. Despite these activities, a number of HUC‐JIR’s influential teachers took a negative view of the scrolls. As a consequence, rabbinical students either did not encounter the material or left the institution with a view of it that was far from the mainstream. This book traces the activities of HUC‐JIR’s administration and faculty over five decades, the contribution they made to the new academic field, and their influence on how knowledge of the Dead Sea Scrolls was shared with the community at large. Many details about security negatives stored at HUC and about the bootleg reconstruction are revealed for the first time.

    eISBN: 978-0-87820-120-4
    Subjects: Religion, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Illustrations
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Foreword
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    John Kampen

    The story of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and the Dead Sea Scrolls is one saga in the myriad accounts concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls, an additional layer in an incredibly complex narrative. Many major developments in the acquisition and study of the scrolls are accompanied by an HUC-JIR story; most frequently some pivotal HUC personality has a significant role in that advance. The story begins in 1948 and continues through the open access issues of the early 1990s until today.

    The history that Jason Kalman has so thoroughly researched on the basis of unlimited access to all...

  6. Author’s Note
    (pp. xv-xvi)
    Jason Kalman
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xvii)
  8. Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    (pp. 1-82)

    In 1969 Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion president Nelson Glueck (1900–1971) solicited a $10,000 USD donation to help support Israeli efforts to make a security copy of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, then housed in Jerusalem. The copy, consisting of more than one thousand photographic negatives, was secretly stored in the Klau Library on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus for more than twenty years. The inspiration to supply the funds resulted partly from Glueck’s own involvement with the scrolls, going back to his tenure in mid-1948 with the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR); and also from his faculty’s...

  9. Notes
    (pp. 83-114)
  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 115-126)
  11. Index
    (pp. 127-134)