PSCO Presentation: Thursday, 22 March, 2007

"Sectarian Poetics: Exploring Identity Formation in the Dead Sea Scrolls"
Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland

The next PSCO session will be with Maxine Grossman (University of Maryland) on Thursday, March 22, 2007. The title of her presentation is "Sectarian Poetics: Exploring Identity Formation in the Dead Sea Scrolls."

As usual, we will gather at the University of Pennsylvania in Logan Hall (2nd floor lounge) at 6:00 pm for an informal dinner in the nearby Food Court, and then meet back in the Logan Hall Lounge at 7:00 pm for Professor Grossman's presentation.

Recommended Reading

In preparation for the talk, Professor Grossman recommends the following material:

1. Carol Newsom. "Apocalyptic Subjects: Social Construction of the Self in the Qumran Hodayot." Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 12.1(2001): 3-35. Or in a similar vein, read the Hodayot chapter in her book, The Self as Symbolic Space (Brill, 2004).

2. Maxine Grossman. "Cultivating Identity: Textual Virtuosity and 'Insider' Status." In: Proceedings. 2004 International Organization for Qumran Studies (Groningen, NL): Forthcoming. For a copy of this article, please email Debra Bucher (

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