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Jewish Cultural Center Brings Dead Sea Scrolls Curator to Speak St Paul’s Church

By Carole Stone

Dr Adolfo Roitman is the author of numerous books about the Dead Sea Scrolls, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls. He is one of the foremost experts on the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scroll and is the curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

An ordained conservative rabbi, Roitman earned his PhD in Ancient Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1993. Additionally, he is a member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Roitman, a senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and biblical interpretation. He has also served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States and Central and South America.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are far more than just archaeological documents: they are a glimpse into the most ancient times of Israel and the first recorded Scripture. They are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time and have changed the way religious scholars viewed Scripture. Though the Scrolls contain no New Testament manuscripts, they do contain some of the oldest copies of the Hebrew Torah books ever discovered. These ancient books were hidden throughout eleven caves along the Dead Sea and remained undisturbed until they were discovered by Bedouin shepherds between 1947 and 1956. It’s believed they were smuggled out of Jerusalem during First Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire (AD 66–70).

In 1997, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the Scrolls, Roitman produced A Day at Qumran, an exhibit that explores the daily life and rituals of the strict Qumran sect, the people believed to have copied and stored the 2,000 year old documents. It is now a permanent exhibit at the Shrine of the Book.

This year, in addition to collaborating with the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Montréal Museum of Archeology and History to produce Ancient Treasures and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Roitman has curated Envisioning the Temple Scrolls, Stones and Symbols, an exhibit currently on display at the Israel Museum. The exhibit examines the place of the Temple in Judaism and features as its centerpiece the Temple Scroll, one of the longest of the Scrolls. Roitman is also the author of Envisioning the Temple: Scrolls, Stones, and Symbols, which accompanies the exhibit.

Both CHESMA, AC and St Paul’s Church are thrilled to have the opportunity to present Roitman on August 29 as a joint venture. He will speak on the scrolls’ mysteries. Simultaneous translation will be offered for Spanish-speaking attendees. We also offer a “meet the expert” reception with Roitman before the lecture. Tickets are 300 pesos.


“The Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls”

Dr Adolfo Roitman

Thu, Aug 29, 5pm

Saint Paul’s Church

Cardo 6


300 pesos

Tickets available at:

Tesoros in La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25

Jewish Cultural Community Center, Las Moras 45

Online at the JC3

At the door 30 minutes before the performance


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