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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.