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Professor to speak about Dead Sea Scrolls in Norwich

An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls by Oxford University professor Hugh Williamson is the subject of an annual lecture at the Norfolk branch of the Council for Christians and Jews in Norwich on June 12.


Hugh Williamson is the Emeritus Regus Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University and a world authority on the Book of Isaiah, which was the only complete Scroll found in the Dead Sea Caves. He will describe what the Scrolls are, who wrote them, where they were found and how they relate to the site of Qumran nearby. He will explain what they tell us about the history of the text of the Bible and what they reveal about the nature of second temple Judaism, with its importance for the Christian New Testament. Importantly, he will not assume any prior knowledge.

The Annual Martin Buber Lecture takes place on Tuesday, June 12, 7pm in Norwich Synagogue, 3 Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3RA. Everyone welcome, entry is £4 to include refreshments.

The Council of Christians and Jews is the leading international forum for Christian-Jewish engagement. It was founded in 1942 and its patron is HM The Queen.

The Norfolk branch regularly welcomes Christians from Anglican, Catholic, evangelical, Baptist, Methodist, URC and other local churches. Its chair, Bee Korn, said "Our purpose is for Jews and Christians to meet together in local groups in order to foster understanding of each other's faith and traditions. For many years, Norfolk has had an active, friendly branch which meets regularly at interesting venues in and around Norwich and in members’ homes.

"Very sadly, we have lost some dear friends who worshipped at St John’s Cathedral and we should love to welcome new members from that community, especially as the Cathedral is such a close neighbour of the Synagogue which hosts several of our meetings."Everyone is welcome at our events and if you enjoy them, we warmly invite you to join the branch."

For more details contact Bee Korn at: beekorn@talk21.com or on 01603 810400

Pictured above are part of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Jordan Museum in Amman. Picture courtesy of Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)

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