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Internationally-known biblical scholar to speak on the Dead Sea Scrolls at StFX’s Christian Culture Lecture Series

September 26th, 2017
Dr. Eileen Schuller

The 2017-18 Christian Culture Lectures at St. Francis Xavier University will be given by the internationally-known biblical scholar and archeologist, Dr. Eileen Schuller.

Dr. Schuller’s theme will be “The Dead Sea Scrolls after Seventy Years: What Have We Learned?” Her lectures—open to the public—will take place on Monday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Schwartz School of Business, and on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 156 of the Schwartz School.

Emphasizing the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls as a time for evaluation and re-evaluation, on Monday evening Dr. Schuller will explore how this discovery has shaped our understanding of Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity, organizers say. On Tuesday evening, she will share how interpretation of the Scrolls has changed in the last two decades, especially with regards to the people who wrote them, the archaeology of the site, and the presence and role of women in the community.

“Dr. Schuller’s extensive interpretive work with the Dead Sea Scrolls offers profound insights to Biblical research and our understanding of Judaism and the origins of Christianity. She is an exceptional scholar whose observations remain prominent in the discussion of religious issues today,” says Dr. William Sweet, chair of the Christian Culture Lecture Series committee and StFX philosophy professor.

Dr. Sweet says that Dr. Schuller brings an exceptional wealth of scholarship to her historical research and that StFX is privileged to serve host to a scholar of such remarkable standing in this year’s Christian Culture lecture series.

Dr. Schuller is Professor Emerita and Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion at McMaster University. She is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada (2014) and President of the Catholic Biblical Association.

Dr. Schuller has been a Visiting Professor in the Humanities with the Lady Davis Foundation at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013), a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University and the Orion Centre for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature (1995-96), as well as a Senior Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (1995-96). She has been honoured with an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Research Prize at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany (2005-06), honorary doctorates of Divinity at Regis College (2010) and Queen’s University (2005), as well as a Festschrift—a collection of writings published in honour of her scholarship—entitled “Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature” (2011).


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