Penn State Professor To Present “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls” Lecture

February 17, 2017
Daniel Falk

Daniel Falk, Ph.D., courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – Daniel Falk, Ph.D., professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and the Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies at Penn State University, will lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Baylor University.

The lecture, hosted by the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), entitled “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” will start with reviewing popular conceptions of the Dead Sea Scrolls and move to consider what was important to the communities who wrote and cherished these scrolls.

“Daniel Falk is one of the leading people in the studies of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in ISR. “He’s a very lively, interesting, cutting-edge scholar and just in the last couple of weeks they’ve announced a new Dead Sea Scroll cave, so it’s a very exciting time for the Dead Sea Scrolls. It’s one of the most exciting studies of Judaism and Christianity.”

Falk is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and his research focuses on prayer and biblical interpretation in early Judaism and Christianity. He has written two books – “Daily, Sabbath and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Falk has also written several articles and is the co-editor of six books.

Falk will speak at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Cox Lecture Hall in Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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