SBL 2008: Boston



Joint Session With: Qumran, Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Meeting Room 201 - CC

Theme: Material Witness: Ancient Manuscripts and the Evidence for Scribal Practice

Kim Haines-Eitzen, Cornell University, Presiding (5 min)
Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Consistency in the Activity of Scribes, Translators, and Revisers? (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Robert A. Kraft, University of Pennsylvania
Connecting the Dots: Early Jewish and Early Christian Greek Evidence in Context (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Florentino García Martínez, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Scribal Practices in the Aramaic Literary Texts from Qumran (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Roger Bagnall, New York University, Respondent (25 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Context: We are coordinating a session for the 2008 SBL on the social history of scribal practice, with a focus on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, whose goals are both to highlight the manuscript evidence from Qumran, and also to contextualize that evidence in light of the larger body of evidence for Jewish, Christian, and other scribal practices in antiquity. The session is co-sponsored by the Qumran Section and the Social History of Formative Judaism and Christianity Section. We envision a program that will include a series of presentations and significant time for questions and discussion.