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Chief editor of Dead Sea Scrolls to speak at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eugene Ulrich, a professor of Hebrew scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, will offer an "insider's view" of the Dead Sea Scrolls Sunday, Oct. 5 on the University of Iowa campus, Gilmore Hall, Room 106.

Ulrich, who is the chief editor of the Biblical scrolls that are still being pieced together, will speak at 2 p.m. on "The Dead Sea Scrolls: An Insider's View," and at 7 p.m. on "The Bible at the Time of Hillel and Jesus."

Ulrich's presentations are offered in conjunction with a year-long photographic exhibit in the UI School of Religion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. UI religion professor George Nickelsburg created the exhibit, "Discoveries by the Dead Sea: The Scrolls Fifty Years Later," which is on display through May 1998 on the third floor of Gilmore Hall. In the collection of nearly 50 photos, visitors can view the site of the discovery, learn about the people who discovered the scrolls, and begin to understand the beliefs, practices, frustrations, and hopes of the scrolls' authors.

Nickelsburg will not present his lecture, "Placing the Scrolls in Their Context" on Oct. 5 as he had originally scheduled. He will present three other Sunday afternoon lectures: Oct. 12, "What Was Going On at Qumran?"; Oct. 19, "Reimagining the Shape of Early Judaism"; and Oct. 26, "Rethinking the Origins of Christianity." Those lectures will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the exhibit space on the third floor of Gilmore Hall.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the UI School of Religion at (319) 335-2164.