Annual Danforth Lecture to Focus on Dead Sea Scrolls
Posted February 12, 2003
HOLLAND -- The Dead Sea Scrolls will be the focus
of this year's Danforth Lecture at Hope College.
Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini of the Department of Near
Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan will present
"Leaders or Outcasts: Did the Essenes Do the Dead Sea
Scrolls?" on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Maas
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The scrolls were discovered in 1947 near Qumran.
They include some of the earliest surviving examples from
the Hebrew Bible.
Boccaccini is Professor of Second Temple Judaism
and Early Rabbinic Literature at the University of Michigan.
He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and
monographs, including "Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The
Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism"
(1998) and "Roots of Rabbinic Judaism: An Intellectual
History, from Ezekiel to Daniel" (2001), both published by
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Boccaccini has been with the University of
Michigan since 1992. In 1994, he held the Louis and Helen
Padnos Visiting Professorship of Judaic Studies with the
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the university.
He was a professor of religion at the Lyceum of
International Languages in Florence, Italy, from 1983 to
1987, and a researcher and lecturer in New Testament and
Judaic studies at the University of Turin from 1987 to 1992.
He has also held visiting appointments at Princeton
Theological Seminary in New Jersey; the Waldensian Faculty
of Theology in Rome, Italy; and Ecumenical Theological
Seminary in Detroit.
Boccaccini was born in Italy, and holds his
doctorate in Judaic studies from the University of Turin.
In 1992 he was the winner of the "Borsa di Studio Post-
Dottorato" (The Post-Doctoral Grant) at the University of
Turin, and in 1987 he was the best of the three annual
winners of the National Italian Contest for the "Dottorato
di Recerca in Ebraistica" (The Italian Doctoral Grant in
The Danforth Lecture is sponsored by the Hope
College department of religion with support from an
endowment established by the Danforth Foundation of St.
Louis, Mo. The program was established by the foundation
"to deepen and enlarge the religious dimension of the campus
family through speakers whom can reflect on the broad,
interdenominational and yet positive sense of the Judaeo-
Christian perspectives of life and existence."
Some of the many distinguished scholars who have
visited the campus through the program in the past include
Dr. Stanley M. Hauerwas of the Divinity School at Duke
University; Dr. Martin E. Marty of the University of Chicago
Divinity School; Dr. Phyllis Trible of Union Theological
Seminary; and Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff of Yale Divinity
The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at