The Messianic Idea in the Dead Sea Scrolls

March 09, 2012

Newburgh, NY -

The Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College will present the second annual Messiah lecture: “The Messianic Idea in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” March 29 at 7 pm, Hudson Hall Auditorium, on the campus at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh.

The public is invited to this free event which is also sponsored by the Mount’s philosophy and religious studies program.

Dr. Lawrence Schiffman (right), a scrolls expert and vice provost for undergraduate education at Yeshiva University, will speak about the Dead Sea Scrolls including the usual one-messiah of David concept as well as a two-messiah scheme--messiahs of Aaron and Israel.

The illustrated lecture, which also includes comments on the End of Days, will explore these views and their relevance to the messianic ideas of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

A question and answer session will follow.

In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Schiffman is a specialist in Judaism in late antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature.

He was featured in the PBS Nova series “Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in BBC documentaries on the scrolls, on the McNeil-Lehrer Report, and on a Discovery special. He also appeared in the educational series “Mysteries of the Bible,” on Arts and Entertainment (A&E), and “Kingdom of David” on PBS, as well as in documentaries produced by CNN and National Geographic. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from Brandeis University.

Mount Saint Mary College’s Catholic and Dominican Institute is rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. It promotes the college’s Dominican heritage; advances the Dominican charism of learning and service; provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues; and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural philosophy workshop which attracted scholars from around the world, The Catholic and Dominican Institute will host: “Thomas Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem,” on June 21-24, which will explore Aquinas' philosophy of the human person and how it relates to dilemmas in contemporary philosophy of mind.

For information about the Messiah lecture, call 845-569-3467 or email