The Lying Pen of Scribes

Virtual Conference 15th–16th of June, 2020

Update 26 June: Recordings of the lectures have now been added. Click on the titles.

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2:45–3:00 pm CEST
Prof. Årstein Justnes, University of Agder
Introduction and Welcome

3:00–5:00 pm CEST
Chair: Årstein Justnes, University of Agder

Prof. Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar, KU Leuven
Beyond Belief or Skepticism: What Can We Know about the Provenance of the 1950’s Judaean Desert Fragments?

Prof. Stephen A. Reed, University of Jamestown
Back to the Caves: Find Sites Reconsidered

5:00–5:30 pm CEST Break

5:30–7:00 pm CEST
Chair: Dana Ryan Lande, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society

Associate Prof. Morag Kersel, DePaul University
The Archaeological Origin Stories of Dead Sea Scrolls

Dr. Josephine Munch Rasmussen, University of Agder
“Poor provenance – Rich Knowledge: Dead Sea Scrolls and Academia”
Main points published as a Twitter tread


3:00–4:30 pm CEST
Chair: Nils Hallvard Korsvoll, University of Agder

Prof. Michael Langlois, University of Strasbourg
At the Beginning: Early Issues of Authenticity, Provenance and Acquisition of the Scrolls

 Prof. Brent Nongbri, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
From the Outside, Looking In: Some Questions from a Novice Regarding the Contents of Qumran Cave 1

4:30–5:00 pm CEST Break

5:00–6:00 pm CEST
Chair: Erika Nordheim, University of Agder

Assistant Prof. Kristine T. Rosland, University of South-Eastern Norway
Provenance and Nag Hammadi: Is There More to Say?
PhD Research Fellow Ludvik A. Kjeldsberg, University of Agder
A Database of Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions in the 20th and 21st Centuries

6:00–6:15 pm CEST
Professor Årstein Justnes, University of Agder
Close of Conference and Thanks