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Research Team to Present Research on Dead Sea Scroll Fragments

by Kim Mizar

An Oklahoma City University alumni-faculty group is presenting their work on a fragment of Psalm 11 from the Museum of the Bible Collection from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. in OCU’s Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel. 

“Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection” was recently published and contains the team’s conclusions about the artifact, along with a chapter by Lisa Wolfe, professor and Endowed Chair of Hebrew Bible, on the process of research as a means of teaching. In the summer of 2013, Wolfe and four of her students joined the Museum Scholars Initiative and received access to the fragment for their fall semester-long Hebrew class. 

“Most doctoral students don’t have the opportunity to work with biblical fragments, so for undergrads to have the opportunity is astounding,” said Wolfe.

Editors of the book include Emanuel Tov, a renowned expert in the field of the Qumran Scrolls; Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University; and Robert Duke of Azusa University, all leaders in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls research. Contributions to the project made by the OCU team are the chapters “Procedure Followed by the Museum of the Bible Scholars Teams: Manuscript Research as Pedagogy” by Wolfe, and “Psalm 11:1- 4 (Inv. MOTB.SCR.000121)” by Wolfe, Allison Bevers, Kathryn Hirsch, Leigh Smith and Daniel Ethan Watt.

Parking is available behind the OCU Ann Lacy Visitor Center at NW 24th Street andBlackwelder Avenue or on Noble Drive, adjacent to N.W. 23rd. The weekly OCU chapel service, open to the public, will follow this presentation at 1 p.m.

The presentation is open to the public. Lunch is $7. Contact Annette Harper at alharper@okcu.edu by Oct. 26 to register.