The Dead Sea Scrolls, Session I
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in Qumran, known today as Israel, is considered one of the most sensational finds of the 20th century. It opened a new field of study for scholars all over the world.
Across three sessions, Rabbi Sonsino discusses the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the history of the Jewish sects of the first century C.E. — including the inhabitants of Qumran — and the major beliefs and calendar of the reclusive sect that lived in the settlements.
Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D., is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, as well as an ethics professor at Framingham State University. Born in Turkey, Sonsino received a law degree from the University of Istanbul (Faculty of
Law, 1959), a rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, 1966) and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1975) in the field of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He earned a D.D. from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1991.
Sonsino has authored numerous books and articles and has chaired various committees both regionally and nationally. He was the editor of CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly from 1997 to 2001. He and his wife, Ines, have two children and four grandchildren.
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