FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Dead Sea Scroll experts, Bible scholars and archaeologists from across the world will speak during a weekly lecture series at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this summer. The Joan and Andy Horner Lecture Series, underwritten by Premier Designs, will complement the seminary’s Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible exhibition, which runs July 2, 2012 – Jan. 13, 2013.
The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible exhibition will feature at least 16 ancient Dead Sea Scroll fragments, including seven fragments that have never been seen publically, as well as many other artifacts from the Bible Lands. The lecture series displays Southwestern Seminary’s commitment to intensive study of the Bible, archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
“Southwestern Seminary continues to be a leader in biblical scholarship and Christian commitment,” Bruce McCoy, director of the exhibition, said. He hopes that, through the lectures, “people will deepen their understanding about how accurately the Scriptures have been transmitted over thousands of years and that it will broaden their understanding of early Christianity.”
“Through these lectures,” he said, “Southwestern Seminary is providing us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical landscapes and the impact they have on Christianity.”
Speakers during the lecture series, along with their topics, include:
  • Shalom Paul, professor of Bible emeritus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “The Ever-Alive Dead Sea Scrolls and their Significance for the Understanding of the Bible, Early Judaism and the Birth of Christianity” (July 10)
  • Steven Ortiz, associate professor of archaeology and biblical backgrounds and director of the Charles D. Tandy Institute for Archaeology, Southwestern Seminary: “The Search for Solomon: Recent Excavations at Tel Gezer” (July 17)
  • Matthias Henze, Watt J. & Lilly G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies and professor of religious studies, Rice University: “A Dead Sea Scroll on Stone? The Gabriel Revelation and its Significance?” (July 24)
  • Randall Price, distinguished research professor and executive director of the Center for Judaic Studies, Liberty University, and founder and president of World of the Bible Ministries, Inc.: “Evangelicals and the Dead Sea Scrolls” (July 31)
  • Peter Flint, Canada Research Chair of Dead Sea Scrolls, director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute and professor of religious studies, Trinity Western University, British Columbia: “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Ancient Texts and New Readings” (Aug. 7)
  • Lawrence H. Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education, Yeshiva University: “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism” (Aug. 14)
  • Ryan Stokes, assistant professor of Old Testament, Southwestern Seminary: “Satan in the Dead Sea Scrolls” (Aug. 21)
  • Steven Collins, dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History, Trinity Southwest University: “Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City” (Aug. 28)
  • Ziad Al-Saad, director general, Department of Antiquities of Jordan: “The Lost Archaeological Treasures of Jordan” (Sept. 4)
  • Emmanuel Tov, J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible Emeritus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and former editor-in-chief for the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project: “The Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls” (Sept. 11)
  • Jim Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: “Where is Mt. Sinai and Why It Does Not Matter” (Sept. 18)
  • Bruce Zuckerman, associate professor of Hebrew Bible in the School of Religion, University of Southern California, and director of the West Semitic Research Project and the InscriptiFact Project: “New Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls” (Sept. 25)
  • Yosef Garfinkel, professor of prehistoric archaeology and archaeology of the biblical period, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavations: New Light on King David” (Oct. 2)
  • Kenneth Mathews, professor of divinity, Old Testament, in the Beeson Divinity School, Samford University: “The Living Among the Dead: The Dead Sea Scrolls” (Oct. 9)
  • Martin Abegg, professor of religious studies, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, and co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute: “The Influence of the Modern New International Version of the Bible on the Ancient Jewish Scribes.” (Oct. 23)
  • Tom Davis, professor of archaeology and biblical backgrounds, Southwestern Seminary: “Archaeology, Cyprus and the Apostle Paul: New Evidence on the Transformation of Christianity” (Oct. 30)
  • Amnon Ben-Tor, Yigael Yadin Professor in the Archaeology of Eretz Israel at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Archaeology (Hazor)-Bible-Politics—the Unholy Trinity” (Nov. 27)
  • Weston Fields, director, Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation: “100 New Dead Sea Scroll fragments from Qumran Cave 4: How Did It Happen?” (Dec. 4)
All lectures will begin at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Southwestern Seminary’s J.W. MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center. Individual lecture tickets are $20 per person or $10 per student with a student ID. Cost for a ticket to all 18 lectures in the series is only $300. To learn more about the lecture series or to purchase tickets, visit