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Colorado Seminary (Denver, CO 80210-4711)
Alison Schofield (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/29/2024

Dead Sea Scrolls from Cave 1: New Editions and Translations

Preparation for publication of a new edition and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Cave 1, discovered near Qumran in Israel in the 1950s. (36 months)

This project will produce two scholarly editions and translations of the first Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 1. They will rely on new photographs of the Scrolls, taken with multi-spectral and reflectance transformation imaging, and will revise, update, and add critical commentary to these texts, originally published in 1955 only in French. Divided into two volumes now under contract in the new Dead Sea Scrolls Editions series (Brill), these new editions and translations will increase scholarly and general access to these texts in English translation and will aid in the general understanding of these often fragmentary texts. Through new introductions and commentary, the editors will highlight the ways in which these Cave 1 texts illuminate our understanding of the Bible and the origins of modern-day Judaism and the early followers of Jesus. These Scrolls also shed light on the rise of sacred texts and how the written word became central to many Western religious traditions.