i wonder if this talk will be any good? magness on cargill

Dr. Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will give a lecture at Brite Divinity School on Thursday, February 25, 2010 entitled, "Robert Cargill's Qumran Digital Project."

Dr. Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will give a lecture at Brite Divinity School on Thursday, February 25, 2010 entitled, "Robert Cargill's Qumran Digital Project."

brite divinity school has announced that dr. jodi magness, the kenan distinguished professor of teaching excellence in early judaism at the university of north carolina, chapel hill, will give a lecture in the moore building, room 201, on thursday, february 25, 2010 at 11:00 am entitled, ‘robert cargill’s qumran digital project.’

i’m wondering if she will view my research in a favorable light, or in a critical manner like she did at the recent new orleans sbl book review session, where she was among a panel of scholars that reviewed my book? will she take issue with my results (that qumran was established as a hasmonean fort and later reoccupied and expanded by a jewish sectarian community responsible for some of the dead sea scrolls in the caves nearest qumran), or my digital reconstruction modeling methodology (which is a completely transparent (via wireframes) reconstruction of all interpretations of all published scholars of every archaeological locus, distinguished by time periods), or both?

will dr. magness continue to argue that qumran was built as a sectarian settlement from the ground up?  will she argue that the dead sea scrolls were all written by essenes at qumran? some?

attend the lecture and find out!

for some background, read vol. 72, no. 1 in near eastern archaeology here. order the book online at gorgias or amazon.

i can’t wait to hear the podcast!

perhaps i’ll use my forthcoming march lecture in philadelphia entitled, ‘why the dead sea scrolls still matter’ to respond a bit. we’ll see :) -bc


update: also, don’t miss dr. magness’ main lecture on ‘the archaeology of qumran and the dead sea scrolls,’ thursday evening, february 25, 2010 from 7:00 -8:30 pm at the kelly alumni center at brite divinity school (texas christian university).

and i am told by brite that there will be no podcast. perhaps someone in the audience could tweet or blog the lectures?

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8 Responses

  1. it’s too bad you can’t go.

  2. where are you lecturing in philadelphia? i’m only an hour away and would love to attend.

  3. doesn’t matter; any publicity is good publicity…and your name is spelled correctly…

  4. lol. i wonder if jodi will apologize again after her brite talk?

  5. Jodi Magness’ critique has considerable merit; I write to comment on the sentence, ” will she argue that the dead sea scrolls were all written by essenes at qumran?” Neither Jodi, nor I, nor any scholar that I know, claims that “all” of the scrolls were written at Qumran, and the verb “to write” (as in a certain book title) also fails to distinguish between composition and copy. The sentence stands a (of all things, Golb-reminiscent, Essene-denial) straw man. bob, you have done many good things; and that sentence is not one of them.

  6. good point stephen. it is important to distinguish between write/compose and write/copy. it is also important to distinguish between those scrolls that were copied or composed at qumran and those that were copied or composed elsewhere and collected at qumran. good points all.

    and i’m not saying jodi argues that all of the dss were written at qumran, i’m asking if she’ll argue that. a subtle difference, i know, but one is allowed to answer yes to some questions in the teaser and no to others (as you have). i’m just trying to help out and get people to attend the lecture.

    thanx for your comment, stephen. my best to you, and give jodi my best. -bc

  7. art, i’ll be speaking at the limmud conference downtown. from their website: “LimmudPhilly is a panoramic, Jewish communal “learningfest” which engages new and seasoned learners in an open environment inspired by wisdom, enthusiasm, and a love of learning.”

  8. [...] discussion starter here at Brite.  Little did she know that there probably will be a response from Cargill on his blog as well as a lecture later this year.  Dr. Magness pointed to Stephen Goranson’s comment on [...]

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