Joining Princeton University and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, APU becomes only the third institution of higher education to own original Dead Sea Scroll fragments.
according to the press release:
Four of the fragments were obtained from Lee Biondi of Biondi Rare Books and Manuscripts in Venice, California. The fifth fragment came from Legacy Ministries International, a Phoenix, Arizona-based nonprofit committed to telling the story of the Bible and assembling artifacts, objects, Bibles, and documents tracing the history of Scripture.
congratulations to azusa pacific university and their administration for this acquisition. as a visiting professor last semester, i know how quickly apu is rising in their academic standing and their commitment to scholarship. i thoroughly enjoyed their students and the deans and chairs have assembled a top-notch faculty.
as for the scrolls, this acquisition further establishes the pasadena area in the history of the dead sea scrolls scholarship. the huntington library in near by san marino, ca broke the monopoly of the dead sea scrolls when it announced in 1991 it would make available a complete microfilm copy of the scrolls in its archives. soon thereafter, emanuel tov, director of the dss project, announced open access would be granted to all material in the official collection. now, some of the actual fragments have come to southern california.
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