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Dead Sea Scrolls

Abegg, Martin

  • Person
  • 1950 -

Martin Abegg, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies; Director, MA Biblical Studies; Co-Director, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

Martin Abegg was born in 1950 to Barbara and Martin (Jerry) Abegg in Peoria, Illinois. His mother was a housewife and P.E. teacher while his father was a college professor and professional engineer. After graduating from Bradley (BS in Geology, 1972), Abegg moved to Seattle, WA, to manage an industrial supply outlet where he married Susan Hemminger.
Inspired from a Sunday School teaching responsibility in the late 1970’s led to taking language classes and obtaining a degree from Northwest Baptist Seminary, in Tacoma, WA (MDiv 1983). After two years of teaching Hebrew at the seminary and one year of pastoring a church on Vashon Island, WA, Abegg decided to pursue graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1984).

At the Hebrew University Abegg became acquainted with the Dead Sea Scrolls. After returning to the States in 1987, Abegg completed his degree at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH (Ph.D. 1993). His dissertation was a critical edition of the War Scroll from Qumran Cave 1. It was during his studies at Hebrew Union College that Abegg began his collaboration with Professor Ben Zion Wacholder.

From 1992 to 1995, Abegg taught at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. In 1995, Abegg became Ben Zion Wacholder Professor of Dead Sea Scroll Studies at Trinity Western University. He was co-director (with Peter Flint) of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) at TWU.

Abegg’s past work includes translations, notes, and introductions to the biblical scrolls in “The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999) and non-biblical texts in “The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996). Abegg is also a co-editor of the three-volume “Dead Sea Scrolls Concordance (Brill 2003-2016), he is also a consultant and contributor to the concordances of several volumes in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series (Oxford). He is editor of the new Dead Sea Scrolls Editions (Brill).

Abegg retired from TWU in 2015, and is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, and remains a DSSI research associate.

Perrin, Andrew

  • Person

Andrew Perrin, Ph.D. (2013, McMaster University), former Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University (TWU). His research used the Dead Sea Scrolls as a lens for exploring the early formation and interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures in ancient Judaism and Christianity. Following undergraduate studies in theology (Rocky Mountain College, 2006), Dr. Perrin developed an interest in biblical literature under the supervision of the late Peter Flint, Ph.D., while earning his M.A. Biblical Studies (2009) from TWU. Dr. Perrin’s research has included multiple graduate scholarships and grants from the SSHRC, the George A. Barton Fellowship at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for his monograph “The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls” (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015). He is a past fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. In 2018, Dr. Perrin received the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism today.

In the summer of 2020, Dr. Perrin left TWU to assume the role of Associate Vice President Research at Athabasca University.

Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI)

  • Organisation
  • 1995-

The Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) at Trinity Western University supports the research of scholars across campus and in the community whose work explores the significance of the Qumran discoveries for the words of scripture and the worlds beyond it. Since its inception in 1995, the DSSI has become an international leader in developing research tools for Qumran studies, hosting public events and academic conferences on current topics in Dead Sea Scrolls, and providing advanced training for students in the textual, historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts of these remarkable finds.

Dr. Kyung Baek is the current Director of the DSSI. Past directors of the DSSI have held three prestigious research chairs, including former Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism (Dr. Andrew Perrin), former Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies (Dr. Peter Flint), and the Ben Zion Wacholder Professorship in Dead Sea Scrolls (Dr. Martin Abegg).

Research initiatives and events of the DSSI are integrated with offerings of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program delivered by the Department of Religious Studies. In 2015, alumni of this program and the DSSI created the “Dead Sea Scrolls Legacy Scholarship” for incoming graduate students to recognize the heritage and future of Qumran research at Trinity Western University.