March 09, 2012
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
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
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