Curator of Shrine of the Book at Israel Museum to discuss Dead Sea Scrolls in upcoming lecture

Photo of Adolfo Roitman in front of Shrine of the Book at Israel MuseumAdolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will visit Case Western Reserve University to talk with various community members about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the religious beginnings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

His first talk, part of the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, is titled “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing Religious Beginnings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.” It will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, at noon at the Siegal Beachwood facility (26500 Shaker Blvd.). The lecture and lunch is $25. For more information and to register, visit

In addition, he will facilitate an informal faculty discussion over lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and sit in with Hillel students for an informal sukkot dinner.

A senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Roitman lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and biblical representation. Roitman is the author of numerous books including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes (Barcelona: Ediciones Martinez Roca, 2000, in Spanish) and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and its Scrolls (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1997).