The Dead Sea Scrolls have changed Christian understandings of the authority of the Bible. It is now widely recognised that several books found in the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament had complex histories of development and existed in multiple editions in the pre-canonical period.
Professor George J. Brooke will explore textual pluralism in relation to the teachings of Jesus and the writings of the New Testament to argue that Jesus and the first generations of his followers lived with, and took advantage of, Jewish scriptures in ways not previously envisaged.
Professor Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, UK, where he has taught Biblical Studies and Early Judaism since 1984. He was a founding editor of the Dead Sea Discoveries journal and his book, The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls has sold more than 70,000 copies.
Date: Tuesday 15 September
Time: 5:45 for 6pm start
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, 46 Newcomen St, Newcastle