Save up to 14% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Why They Matter Evening Program on Zoom Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1M2135 Tickets Login $30 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $35 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Temple Scroll, column 23, one of the longest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2nd century B.C.; The Israel Museum PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the late 1940s and early 1950s forever changed the study of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. As additional documents surfaced and archaeological fieldwork continued apace, the understanding of these two religious traditions came into greater focus. The result is a radically new understanding of both Judaism and Christianity—and of the nexus between the two. Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Gary Rendsburg describes the discovery of these precious fragments, what we know about their origins, the controversies surrounding them, and their influence on the development of both ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie professor of Jewish history at Rutgers University. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.