Next Meeting: September or October of 2017

Sidnie White Crawford

On May 7, 2017,Sidnie White Crawford, professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska, spoke on The Qumran Scrolls As A Scribal Collection

Sidnie White Crawford has spoken before the society previously on her internationally recognized Dead Sea Scroll research; her topic in 2001 was "Not According to Rule: Women, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran." This time she took a broader view of Dead Sea Scroll research and with some references to her latest project which argues that Qumran served as a library and scribal center in competition with the Temple in Jerusalem, and that the manuscripts found in the eleven caves at Qumran are the remnants of that library.

Dr. Crawford currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American headquarters for archaeological research in the Holy Land.


The Dead Sea Scrolls have been a major topic of events throughout the 50-year history of MBAS, and so it was appropriate that our first lecture of this semicentennial year would return us to that momentous discovery in the Qumran caves overlooking the Dead Sea. We look forward to more special lectures this year, during our 50th anniversary year.

MBAS meetings are free and open to all, the public is invited. We meet in the upper level auditorium of Westwood Christian Church, 5210 Odana Road, Madison WI 53711. Map and Directions

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MBAS has been active in Madison for a half-century. Professor Menahem Mansoor began MBAS in 1967, out of a desire to offer the public an opportunity to learn more about the development and significance of Biblical Archaeology. The Purpose of MBAS is to promote the knowledge of, and an interest in, Biblical Archaeology in the Madison area and throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Activities include lectures, field trips, and movies. MBAS also encourages its members to volunteer at archaeological excavations in Israel and adjacent countries. Members of the Society have participated in excavations in Israel and Jordan since 1976. MBAS membership is open to anyone who is interested in Biblical Archaeology. MBAS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and contributions are tax deductible.

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Madison Biblical Archaeology Society
910 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706

To find out about recent topics and guest lecturers, check the 1997-2016 MBAS MEETINGS ARCHIVE. For further information on MBAS activities or to contact MBAS, contact MBAS secretary Gordon Govier.


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