The Bible in Our Hands

Focusing on two of the most prominent Jewish manuscripts in America, Dr. Gary Rendsburg, a leading scholar in biblical and Judaic studies, walks us through the story of the Hebrew Bible from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the versions we read today.

Event Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Event Schedule:

1:00 PM - Session 1: From Word to Scroll

2:15 PM - Session 2: From Scroll to Codex

3:30 PM - Session 3: The Bibles of the Museums

4:30 PM - Visit the Artifacts

5:00 PM - Book Signing

Event Location:

Museum of the Bible, Gathering Room

400 4th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024, USA

Sunday, February 2, 2020
1:00 PM
Museum of the Bible, Gathering Room


Gary A. Rendsburg, Ph.D.

Gary A. Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. His teaching and research focus on “all things ancient Israel” — primarily language and literature, though also history and archaeology. His secondary interests include post-biblical Judaism, the Hebrew manuscript tradition and Jewish life in the Middle Ages.

Professor Rendsburg is the author of seven books and about 180 articles. His most recent book is How the Bible Is Written (Hendrickson, 2019), with particular attention to the use of language to create literature ( In addition, he has produced two programs for the Great Courses program, one on “The Book of Genesis” and one on “The Dead Sea Scrolls.”

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