Dr. Adolfo Roitman: Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Dr. Adolfo Roitman is the curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the remarkable Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the world's leading archaeological museums.
A senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Dr. Roitman lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and biblical interpretation. He has also served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States and Central and South America.
Dr. Adolfo Roitman is the author of numerous books about the Dead Sea Scrolls including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time. The Scrolls changed the way scholars viewed Scripture. Though the Dead Sea Scrolls contain no New Testament manuscripts, they do contain some of the oldest copies of the Hebrew Torah books ever discovered. These ancient books were hidden throughout eleven caves along the Dead Sea and remained undisturbed until they were discovered by Bedouin shepherds between the years 1947 and 1956. It is believed that the Scrolls were smuggled out Jerusalem during First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66-70) against the Roman Empire.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are far more than just archaeological documents, they are a glimpse into the most ancient times of Israel and the first recorded Scripture. Dr. Roitman is one of the foremost experts on the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and that is why we are so excited to be working with him on our upcoming Biblical tours of Israel!
Dr. Roitman will be speaking on his research on Melchizedek on our fall 2019 programs. It will be an exciting compliment for our guests who will see “Temple Zero” or the middle bronze period standing stone that will be shown by Eli Shukron under the City of David.