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[Conference] cribes between Sources and Scripture: Ancient Jewish Traditions In and After the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

The Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism at Trinity Western University is hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference on the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls. For event summary and live stream information, see below. For all other inquiries, please contact Andrew Perrin (

Title: “Scribes between Sources and Scripture: Ancient Jewish Traditions In and After the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls”

When: March 23-24, 2020

Where: Trinity Western University, Richmond Campus, Richmond, BC V6X 0L9, Canada

Registration: Registration is now open but closes February 28, 2020. Space is limited and note that the cost is only $30 with the rest subsidized by the Chair.

Program Information: The conference website will be updated with program schedule closer to the event.

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Event Synopsis: The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) provided both new texts and fresh contexts to explore the formation, transmission, and reception of ancient Judaism’s literary heritage. Ongoing studies on these materials revealed that the scribal cultures represented among the Qumran collection both drew upon and contributed to developing authoritative traditions. They navigated and reinvigorated ancestral discourses, encountered and integrated traditions of their larger cultural contexts, and updated and extended a broad set of scriptures for new generations and ever-changing communities. The conference program includes an international group of scholars who will use the Aramaic DSS as a launching point to discover what these writings reveal about the scope of sources at play in the pre-canonical period, gain new insights into the scribal strategies used to adapt and develop them, and rethink the evidence for reception of Aramaic traditions in other literatures or movements.

Program: The following presenters and topics are confirmed.

Jubilees and Aramaic Texts James VanderKam (University of Notre Dame)

“Written in a Book:” Books and Tablets in Jewish Aramaic Literature of the Second Temple Era Devorah Dimant (University of Haifa)

Beyond Apocalyptic: Rethinking Hellenistic-Era Aramaic Jewish Literature and its Afterlives Annette Y. Reed (New York University)

Circles, Schools, and Movements: What Can Be Said about Who Wrote the Aramaic Literature from Qumran? Daniel Machiela (McMaster University)

The Cultural Intelligence of Ancient Judaism’s Aramaic Literary Heritage Andrew B. Perrin (Trinity Western University)

Enochic Connections in the Letter of Jude James M. Scott (Trinity Western University)

The Priestly Ideology of the Temple Scroll in Light of the Qumran Aramaic Corpus Molly M. Zahn (University of Kansas)

From Shemiḥazah to Shamīzād: Aramaic as a Medium for the Transmission of Enochic Traditions in Central Asia Matthew Goff (Florida State University)

Literary Voices in Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls Jessi Orpana (University of Helsinki)

Magical Practices: Writing Traditions Associated with Aramaic Magical and Exorcistic Texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls Tupá Guerra (Museu Guido Mondin)

Something Old, Something New: The Book of Daniel as Grounded in Israel’s Scriptures and an Exemplar of Second Temple Period Interpretive Trends Matthew L. Walsh (Acadia Divinity College)

The Transmission of the Hebrew/Aramaic Book of Daniel in the Second Temple Period Amanda Davis Bledsoe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

The Book of Daniel and the Dawn of “Apocalyptic” Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University)