In addition to Orion Center Activities, the following events have come to our attention.
We want to provide a complete list of all significant happenings related to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Please send information on upcoming events to us at: or fax +972-2-588-3584.


an Evening Program in Memory of Prof. Bilhah

Conference Date: March 14, 2023.
Location: Tel Aviv University - Israel
For more information please click here:


JerusalemFrom the Umbilicus Mundi to the Four Corners of the Earth and Back
International Conference on the Study of Jerusalem

Conference Date: July 11–14, 2023
Location: Ben-Zvi institute in Jerusalem.
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Ancient Synagogues: An Introduction (Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology)

Conference Date: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 18:30 - 19:45
Location: The British Academy- 10-11 Carlton House Terrace - London SW1Y 5AH - United Kingdom

Delivered by the most outstanding academics in the UK and beyond, the British Academy’s flagship lecture programme showcases the very best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

In this lecture, Professor Jodi Magness discusses the origins of ancient synagogues in Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories) and traces their development until the Muslim conquest in the early seventh century C.E. The lecture will examine different types of synagogue buildings (e.g., Masada; Capernaum; Hammath Tiberias; Beth Alpha), and devote special attention to the figured decoration and pagan motifs such as Helios and the zodiac cycle that decorate the mosaic floors of some of these synagogues.

This lecture is the first of the 2022 Schweich Lectures series:
Lecture one: 'Ancient Synagogues: An Introduction' (5 December)
Lecture two: 'The History of Ancient Synagogue Studies and the Dating of Galilean-Type Synagogues' (6 December)
Lecture three: 'More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee'. (8 December)
Speaker: Professor Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Spirit of Scholarship

Conference Date: Dec. 12–14, 2022
Location: University of Notre Dame Jerusalem Global Gateway | Tantur Ecumenical Institute
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The conference investigates the groundbreaking scholarship by Catholic priests in the burgeoning disciplines of ancient Near Eastern studies from the late-19th to the mid-20th centuries and also considers where these efforts have led to today.


WEBINARS: Advances in DNA technology & archaeology in Israel

Conference Date: Tuesday 22nd November at 5.00 pm (UK)
Location: ZOOM
Please note that queries should be emailed to:

Join us for a webinar jointly sponsored by The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society and British Friends of The Hebrew University. Recent advances in DNA technology and their contribution to archaeology in Israel DNA evidence over the past 30 years has helped us to change ancient history by helping us to address questions in archaeology in relation to demography, peoples’ movements, and the interactions between migrant and resident populations. This has been particularly important in Israel where these questions are notably complex as part of a bridge between the continents of the Old World.

In the last few years, new technology, using automated equipment to rapidly test millions of samples for biological activity, has yielded complete genomes of human and animal finds and has revolutionised our understanding of many major prehistoric and historic events. DNA results from this new technology, which can be combined with more than a century of archaeological research, are now helping us better understand how to address age-old questions. But these powerful new tools pose their own important questions. How critical is DNA in defining who ancient peoples were? When did DNA matter in shaping the course of historical events?

This webinar brings together three leading scholars from the worlds of genetics and archaeology to address these issues, first through some short presentations and then in general discussion.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Past, Present, and Future
75 Years Since the Discovery of the Scrolls

Conference Date: 29-30 November, 2022
Location: Ben-Zvi institute and The Hebrew University

We are pleased to invite you to a conference (in Hebrew) marking 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Past, Present, and Future
75 Years Since the Discovery of the Scrolls
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Ben-Zvi institute
, Wednesday November 30, 2022 at Dan Wassong Auditorium, Yitzhak Rabin Building, 4th floor, Mount Scopus Campus, The Hebrew University.
Click here for the detailed invitation.
The conference will be held in person.
Looking forward to seeing you there.


Flavians in Galilee (67 CE): Their Aims and Activities - Prof Steve Mason - (University of Groningen)

Conference Date: Thursday 15 September 2022
Location: virtual lecture
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Song, Prayer, Scripture: Aspects of the Use of the Book of Psalms from the Hebrew Bible to the 20th Century

Conference Date: October 13–15 2022
Location: Örebro, Sweden
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Enoch Seminar: Studies in Second Temple Judaism: A Global Enterprise

Conference Date: January 10-13, 2022
Location: Online
See the conference webpage for more information, including a list of participants and a provisional schedule: :
Registration :
Chairs: Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Rodney Caruthers, and Shayna Sheinfeld
The study of Second Temple Jewish history, practice and belief is a global enterprise. The Frankel Institute for Advanced Studies and the Enoch Seminar have invited 44 scholars from across the globe to present their work and engage in a conversation about the present status and the future prospects of the field. Specialists and students in Biblical Studies, Judaic Studies, Classics, and Christian Origins are invited to attend.

Three Decades of Excavations at Bethsaida

Conference Date: January 20, 2022 at 5.00pm (GMT)
Location: Virtual Lecture
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The Anglo Israel Archaeological Society will be holding their first virtual lecture of the year on Zoom on Thursday 20th January 2022 at 5.00pm (GMT), when Professor Rami Arav will be speaking about ‘Three Decades of Excavations at Bethsaida’ followed by a Q&A session . Zoom access will be available from 4.45pm (GMT). Please write to to register your interest and the Zoom link will be sent to you approximately 48 hours prior to the lecture. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the lecture please check your junk/spam box.

Bethsaida on the northern Sea of Galilee is frequently mentioned in the Gospels by Josephus and in Rabbinic literature. The city was settled on and off between the 10th century BCE, when it served as the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Geshur, and the 4th century CE. Excavations revealed a stunning succession of city gates, high places with pagan stele representing the moon god of Haran, a granary and a Neo-Hittite style palace. Fifty years after its destruction in 920 BCE, Bethsaida’s size peaked, boasting the largest biblical era city gate found in Israel. The Assyrian conquest of King Tiglath Pileser III in 732 BCE brought life to an end. Phoenician settlement continued a few centuries later. Around 100 BCE, the Hasmoneans conquered the site. In 60 CE Herod the Great’s son, Philip, granted the newly named Julias the status of a Greek city and built a temple and new walls.

Rami Arav, born and raised in the Galilee, is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since 1987 he has directed the excavations of biblical Bethsaida and is the co-author of the four-volume book, Bethsaida, a City by the Northern Shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Jewish Papyri from the Ptolemaic Period

Conference Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 19:00-21:00 Israel time
Location: ONLINE
For the poster click here:
Registration : To register, please click here: RSVP for Zoom event: Jewish Papyri from the Ptolemaic Period (


International conference Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Professor Edward Yechezkel Kutscher
"Mishnaic Hebrew, Aramaic, & the Languages of the DSS"

Conference Date: 6–8 February 2023
Location: Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
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The Haifa Workshop for the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference Date: May 22, 2022
Location: Haifa University

The Transmission of the Hebrew Bible from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Online Conference Date: May 24, 2022 at 5:15 pm
Location: Mary Ogilvie Theatre, St Anne’s College.
Link :

Meeting ID: 863 7714 0627, Passcode: 339078


International Organization for Targumic Studies

Conference Date: SBL conference on 17-21 July 2022
Location: Salzburg

It is a pleasure for the executive committee of the International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) to invite you to the IOTS conference, connected to the international SBL conference on 17-21 July 2022 in Salzburg.
The conference will cover at least the topics:
Targums of the Tora
Targum and Peshitta
Targum and Qumran


Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense 2022 - Qumran and the New Testament

Conference Date: August 1-3, 2022
Location: Zurich
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Light They Shed on Judaism and Christianity with Dr. John Collins

Conference Date: December 6 & 13
Location: Online event
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WEBINARS: "The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls" discussion

Conference Date: December 16, 2021
Location: ZOOM
Registration :
Join us for a discussion of the newest volume of The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls ( The Damascus Document by Steven Fraade.
For registration, copy and paste this link into your browser and complete the form:
This is a 1-hour event which will take place via Zoom on 16 December 2021, 10:00-11:00am EST (3-4pm GMT; 4-5pm CET; 5-6pm IST).
Oxford University Press will be offering a 30% discount to attendants who would like to purchase either volume of the OCDSS series (Damascus Document or Habakkuk Pesher).
Introduction: Timothy Lim, Series Editor (University of Edinburgh) Book Presentation: Steven Fraade, Author (Yale University)
Responses: Vered Noam (Tel Aviv University) and Lawrence Schiffman (New York University) Q&A
Email Kaitlynn Merckling at for further information.
This event is organized in collaboration with The Center for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO), NYU's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, The Catholic Biblical Association of America, and The Enoch Seminar.

WEBINARS: "In honor of Prof. Bezalel Bar-Kochva..."

Conference Date: December 29, 2021, 17:30 Jerusalem time
ZOOM Link:
Evening in honor of Prof. Bezalel Bar-Kochva and launch of Te'uda volumes 32-33 edited on the occasion of his 80th birthday
We are thrilled to invite you to the evening in honor of Prof. Bezalel Bar-Kochva and launch of Te'uda volumes 32-33 edited on the occasion of his 80th birthday.


Albright Virtual Workshops 2021-2022: Archaeology, History, and the Rise of the Hasmonean Kingdom

Conference Date: October 12, 2021
Location: Online event
Website:Click here
Registration :

Preselected questions will be answered in the Workshop Due 30 September 2021, Submit your Questions

2021 MF CASR Annual Lecture with Annette Yoshiko Reed "Archival Amnesia: The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Biblical Canon, and the Forgotten Jewish Past"

Conference Date: 28 October, 18:00 CET (12:00 EST)
Location: Online event
Registration and Information:

Language & Knowledge in the Book of Jubilee & Related Literature

Conference Date:October 14, 2021
Location: Online event


The Materiality of Ancient Texts in the Digital Age
27th EAA Annual Meeting

Workshop Date: 8-11 September 2021
Location: Online Conference
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WEBINARS: "Jerusalem and Other Chosen Places"

Conference Date: September 30, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Zoom Link :


The Haifa Workshop for the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference Date: 3 May 2021
English Program
Hebrew Program
Participation is free but preregistration is required. Pre-registration is open through Sunday, May 2nd,2021 at 16:00. Please register HERE .

The Origin of the Sectarian Movement in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference Date: May 11-13
Location: University of Pretoria
Registration : syvyBa1249NJLEg/viewform

The Emergence of Rabbinic Culture From DSS perspective

Conference Date: ‌5 May ‌2021 , :30 ‌p.m. (CET)
Location: ZOOM:
The Istituto di Cultura e Archeologia delle Terre Bibliche - Faculty of Theology of Lugano and the Centro di Judaica Goren Monti Ferrari re pleased to announce the lecture Professor Vered Noam (Tel Aviv University):
The Emergence of Rabbinic Culture From the Perspective of the Dead Sea Scrolls

webinar: “Textuality in Second Temple Judaism: Composition, Function and Transmission of Texts” (Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University).

Precious Space: How Space Performs in Greek Scripture from the Dead Sea Scrolls Shem Miller

Conference Date: Wednesday, May 5th, 17.00-18.30
Institution: University of Mississippi
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Writing and Memory in the Transmission of Samuel and Kings Jan Rückl

Conference Date: Wednesday, May 12th, 17.00-18.30
Institution: Charles University
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Min(d)ing Modes and Modalities - On Style, Wordplay and the Hebrew Bible Karolien Vermeulen

Conference Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 17.00-18.30
Institution: University of Antwerp
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Writing to Remember: Inscribing the Spaces of the Dead in Ancient Judah Alice Mandell,

Conference Date: Thursday, May 27th, 18.00-19.30
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
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You are kindly invited to attend the webinar: Precious Memories, How They Linger: Writing, Memory, and Performance in Ancient Israel The webinar takes place online, weekly from April 28th, 2021 to May 27th, 2021.


Jewish authors and power in the Graeco-Roman period

Workshop Date: June 3rd- 4th 2021
Location: Online
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Second Public Conference

Conference Date: June 6-9, 2021
This conference will take place entirely over Zoom. Joining is free and open to all.
Registration is required for each day of the conference.
Registration :
Sponsored by:
NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies | The Israel Antiquities Authority | Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies| The Faculty of Humanities

Conference Date: Wednesday 16 June 2021, 3.30pm-6.30pm (Brussels time zone)
Institution: The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies| The Faculty of Humanities
Registration : Registration is free of charge but mandatory. You can register by emailing Danilo Verde (, who will send you the link.
Recently, scholarship has turned to the connections between material aspects of scrolls production on the one hand, and the production, redaction, and transmission of ancient texts on the other. One example in the field of biblical studies is the article by David Carr entitled "Rethinking the Materiality of Biblical Texts: From Source, Tradition and Redaction to a Scroll Approach" (ZAW 132/2020).
This symposium will offer an exploratory conversation on the opportunities (and possible pitfalls) of enriching the study of the Hebrew Bible through more focused attention on ancient practices of creating and using scrolls. The interconnection of relatively recent theoretical movements (e.g., New Philology, sociological study of bibliography and New Materialism) and continuing analysis and collection of material evidence from ancient scrolls (especially from Egypt and the Dead Sea Caves) offers an opportunity to add precision to models for the formation and reception of (what would become) biblical texts by attending to practices surrounding their likely original material form—as parts of scrolls.
Though pioneers in pursuing a ‘scroll approach’ were confined to limited descriptions from the Bible and later rabbinic literature, we now have a wealth of information from actual ancient scrolls and scribal practices from Egypt, Levantine sites like Deir ʿAlla, and especially the Judaean Desert (Qumran and other sites).
David Carr (Union Theological Seminary, New York) Judith Newman (University of Toronto) Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich) Eibert Tigchelaar (KU Leuven) Molly Zahn (University of Kansas)
Please note that the deadline for registration is Monday 14 June 2021.


Categories and Boundaries in Second Temple Jewish Literature

Conference Date: March 2-5, 2021
Location: virtual conference sponsored by the University of Birmingham,

Dead Sea Scrolls and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Conference Date: ‌ March 3, ‌2021‌
Location: Online Event
The Istituto di Cultura e Archeologia delle Terre Bibliche - Faculty of Theology of Lugano and the Centro di Judaica Goren Monti Ferrari
are pleased to announce the lecture by Professor Emanuel Tov: Dead Sea Scrolls and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible
Date:‌ ‌3 March ‌2021‌
Time:‌ ‌5:30 ‌p.m. (CET)
Location:‌ ‌ZOOM‌‌ ‌‌‌
[Webinar ID: 842 4551 8821 Passcode: 123456]
No pre-registration is required.

Groningen-Leuven-Oxford Workshop on Hebrew Bible and Jewish Antiquity

Conference Date: March 8-9, 2021
Location: Online Event
Registration link and program:
ZOOM link
You can find the program and direct links on the conference web page:
The videos are hosted on the University of Groningen YouTube channel on a dedicated playlist: This 2-day conference is devoted to providing graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues with an opportunity to share new research on the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism. This conference is part of an annual network collaboration across three institutions: Groningen, KU Leuven, and Oxford.
The conference is free and open to the public.


Conference Date: March 10, 2021 at 6:15 pm
Location: Online Event
Registration :


Digital Paleography and Hebrew/Aramaic Scribal Culture

Conference Date: 6–8 April 2021
Location: Online Conference
The Qumran Institute and the Bernoulli Institute of the University of Groningen will be hosting an online international symposium:
The theme is current digital and non-digital developments in paleography, focusing on two fundamental areas: 1) dating and classifying handwritten historical documents and 2) writer identification. This conference will advance research on these two key goals by bringing together paleographers and computer scientists to discuss the interdisciplinary collaboration between the sciences and the humanities in both current and future research projects.
The conference will highlight current research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and situate these ongoing projects within the broader context of the field of computerized handwriting analysis, including contributions on ancient and medieval Hebrew/Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Coptic, and modern scripts. The ERC Horizon 2020 project The Hands that Wrote the Bible: Digital Palaeography and Scribal Culture of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the NWO/FWO project Models of Textual Communities and Digital Palaeography of the Dead Sea Scrolls will present their interdisciplinary work according to their integrated workflow.
We very much look forward to feedback, critical observations, and suggestions from the scholarly community. Scholars from related projects will also give updates on their ongoing work. Confirmed keynote speakers include Peter Stokes, Nachum Derschowitz, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Hussein Mohammed, Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Michael Langlois, James Moore, Jonathan Ben Dov, Eshbal Ratson, and Asaf Gayer. The organizing committee is inviting proposals for 20-minute thematic research presentations relevant to traditional and/or digital palaeography, especially those that address either writer identification or style development in handwritten historical documents. Proposal titles and abstracts of less than 500 words should be submitted to Drew Longacre at on or before 12 March 2021.

Why Pottery Matters: Judean Storage Jars and the Qumran Sect

Conference Date and Time: April 14, 2021 - 5:30 ‌p.m. (CET)
ZOOM link : - [Webinar ID: 841 7192 4255 Passcode: 123456]
The Istituto di Cultura e Archeologia delle Terre Bibliche - Faculty of Theology of Lugano and the Centro di Judaica Goren Monti Ferrari are pleased to announce a lecture by Professor Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): "Why Pottery Matters: Judean Storage Jars and the Qumran Sect"


Apocalyptic Literature at the End of the First Millennium: Mesopotamia and the Levant in the Hellenistic Period. Jonathan Ben-Dov, Tel Aviv University

Conference Date: January 7, 2021, Thursday at 4pm (GMT + 2)
Institution: The Research Lab for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (The Israel Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies)
Location: Virtual Conference
To receive the link and reading materials for the meetings, please register at:
Noga Ayali-Darshan
Yoram Cohen

Why are the Dead Sea Scrolls so Sensational?

Conference Date: January 14, 2021 - 20:00 – 21:00
Location: Online Event
Lecture explaining why scholars concur that the recovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is the most sensational discovery of ancient writings.

Apocalyptic Thinking

Conference Date: 14 & 15 February 2021
Location: Online Event


The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk (OUP, 2020)

Seminar Date: Thursday, 5 November at 4:00 pm (GMT)
Location: Zoom Seminar
The Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO) at the University of Edinburgh (New College) will be hosting a Zoom reading group this upcoming Thursday, 5 November at 4:00 pm (GMT) to discuss Professor Timothy Lim’s newest book: The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk (OUP, 2020).
Timothy Lim is Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkukis the first major commentary on Pesher Habakkuk in 40 years. The commentary includes both a detailed textual analysis of Pesher Habakkuk as well as a broad discussion of the historical and theological themes present in the scroll. The volume is the first to be published in the Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls (OCDSS), a new commentary series that aims to provide those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls with scholarship that is both accessible and of the highest level.
Professor Carol Newsom (Emory University), who is currently working on The Thanksgiving Scroll volume in the OCDSS commentary series, will be joining the discussion, along with Professor Philip Alexander (University of Manchester).
Those interested in attending this exciting discussion are warmly invited, and asked to RSVP online at the link below in order to be sent the Zoom link on the day of the meeting:
You are also invited to enter a question on the RSVP form, or to come ready with your questions on Thursday. This is an excellent new book in an exciting new series, and a great opportunity to engage in the latest research surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Enoch Seminar Discussion: "The Voice of Jacob": Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission" - Review Colloquium

Conference Date: November 11, 18:30PM (IST) / 11:30AM (EST)
For the full 2020 Enoch Seminar Colloquium
We are delighted to invite you to the Enoch Seminar's Review Colloquium on A Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission, edited by Alexander Kulik, Gabriele Boccaccini, Lorenzo DiTommaso, David Hamidovic, and Michael Stone.
The program will take place on November 11, 18:30PM (IST) / 11:30AM (EST). It constitutes Day 1 of the annual 2020 Enoch Seminar Colloquium (November 11-12, 2020); for the full two-day schedule, please click here:
In order to get access please register here by November 5: or click any place on the poster.


Conference Date: November 12–15 & November 19–22
Location: Virtual Conference


Conference Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020, at 4:00 pm (GMT)
Location: Virtual Conference
To receive the log-in details please email indicating your interest. The zoom link will be sent about 48 hours before the event. Although the lecture will begin at 4.00pm (GMT), access will be available from 3.45pm.


Conference Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Location: Virtual Conference

Please write to to register your interest and the Zoom link will be sent to you approx. 48 hours prior to the lecture. Access is available from 3.45pm (GMT) and the lecture commences at 4.00pm followed by a Q&A session.


Conference Date: November 29 – December 10
Location: Location: Online
Go there for links to registration, the Online Program Book, and other information. Past Events