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Dead Sea Scroll Scholar to Lecture

Loyola press release - February 10, 2004

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans and the New Orleans Society of Archaeological Institute of America present “The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” by Jodi Magness, Ph.D., on March 22 at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Teaching in Early Judaism, senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Magness received her bachelor of arts in archaeology and history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her doctorate in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her areas of specialization are the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods; ancient pottery; the Roman army in the East; ancient synagogues; Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Magness has conducted extensive fieldwork in Israel including excavations at Yotvata, Kh. Yattir, the Roman siege camps at Masada and Caesarea Maritima.

Magness’ book the Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society award for the best book in archaeology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Connie Rodriguez at 865-2287.