Fonds 12.01 - Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) fonds

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Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) fonds

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4 cm of textual material
5 posters
1 framed poster
11 VHS tapes
9 audio cassette tapes
5 CDs
5 col. print photographs
2 rare religious texts

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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.

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The material was collocated by Peter Flint, former co-director and director of the DSSI. Upon his passing in 2016, former student Dr. Andrew Perrin succeeded Flint as director and moved into Flint's former office. The materials related to DSSI were transferred the material to TWU Archives and Special Collections on May 13, 2019.

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Fonds consists mainly of promotional material related to Peter Flint's work related the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, including newspaper clippings and magazine articles, televised interviews and recordings, and photographs of colleague Marty Abegg and others Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. In addition, there are two rare religious texts: "The Massorah" (1883); and the "Vetus Testamentum, Graece Juxta LXX Interpretes" (1859)

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The audio/visual material are subject to copyright, permission to use or reproduce must be granted by the copyright owner.

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Information related to the establishment of the DSSI can be found in the Office of the Provost fonds, search "Dead Sea Scrolls Institute".

Additional photographs related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Martin Abegg, Peter Flint, and Andrew Perrin can be searched using their respective key words in Collection 08 - Photograph Collection.

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VHS Tapes processed under Vid. 278 to Vid. 289 (one remaining VHS tape to be described) as part of Collection 02 - Audio/Visual Collection.

Photographs processed under 2022-01-0011 to 2022-01-0015 as part of the Collection 08 - Photograph Collection.

Religious rare texts are located Bay 40 - Shelves 4 & 7.

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May 2022, tk

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  • Box: Bay 6
  • Box: Bay 18
  • Box: Bay 40