Episode 152 The Dead Sea Scrolls (Part 1) with Timothy Lim
Recently, David Capes was in Edinburgh, Scotland, and had the chance to sit down and talk with Dr. Timothy Lim about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
This discovery was one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
Who Is Timothy Lim?
Timothy Lim is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Edinburgh. Born in Canada, Timothy and his family made their home in Scotland during his illustrious career.
He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
He loves running, playing tennis, working out, AND he is good guitar player.
What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls?
About seventy years ago, the first of eleven caves was found containing scrolls from the first century BC to the first century AD.
This is about the time the Jesus movement started. Today, and this is controversial, a 12th cave appears to have been found. More about this on another podcast.
These scrolls are significant in many ways because they give us a window into that period like no other.
In all, between 800-1000 manuscripts have been discovered. About twenty-five of those are relatively intact.
All the rest are fragments. Scholars have been piecing them together and exploring their significance since the 1950s.
Qumran is the area where these scrolls were found. So, they are sometimes referred to as the Qumran scrolls.
Both biblical (Old Testament) and non-biblical manuscripts were discovered there. There are many documents we never knew existed.
Every book of the Hebrew Bible was found except for the book of Esther. There are theories about that.
In part two of this podcast we explore more about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Books by Dr. Timothy Lim
Among his many books are:
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2017)
The Formation of the Jewish Canon (Yale University Press, 2012)
The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls (with John Collins, Oxford University Press, 2012)
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