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Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture

How the Bible Became a Book: The Rise of Scripture in Judaism and Christianity

Presented by Alison Schofield, associate professor of religious studies

Monday, May 2, 2016
Davis Auditorium (Room 248)
Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Free. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar provided.

We are no longer taking reservations as the event is at capacity. There is no wait list. Walk-ins will be admitted, space permitting and on a first come, first served basis, 10 minutes prior to the lecture.

5:30 p.m. — AHSS alumni reception
6:45 p.m. — Presentation of the annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards
7:00 p.m. — Lecture, How the Bible Became a Book: The Rise of Scripture in Judaism and Christianity

schofieldSacred texts stand at the center of most Western religions, and the Bible is the earliest example of these canonized scriptures.  While most people are familiar with the Bible in its book form, the Bible took centuries to develop into the artifact recognized today. Join us as Professor Schofield describes some of the dynamic history of the various texts that eventually made it into a best-selling collection of scripture. Why were some books included and others not? Are there 'lost' scriptures and how would we know? How did sacred writing and interpretation of those writings take the place of other rituals and sacrifices? At the lecture you’ll explore what the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient sources can tell us about the origin and early history of the Bible as sacred book.

Alison Schofield, associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic studies, specializes in the Dead Sea Scrolls. She is the author or co-author of three books, including her monograph on the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls, From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for the Community Rule (Brill 2009), has edited two other volumes and has authored a large number of essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible and early Judaism.  She is currently working on the official translation and edition of the charter text of the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Community Rule, under contract with Brill and the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. She has been featured on the History Channel, Travel Channel and PBS Colorado, especially concerning her work on the Scrolls. She also serves as co-editor of the international series Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, acting as the first American and first female scholar in this position. Schofield's other interests include the Bible as literature, early biblical interpretation, diaspora studies, critical spatial theory, body and sexuality in the Bible and the archaeology of ancient Israel.  Her primary research languages are Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Akkadian, Ugaritic and Ethiopic, and she works with seven other modern and ancient languages. She received a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in the area of Bible and Judaism in Antiquity and a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic languages.

This lecture is funded,  in part, by the John C. Livingston Endowed Lectureship Fund,  created in honor of the late DU professor.