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The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls with Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D and Catherine M. Murphy, Ph.D.

  • Congregation Shir Hadash 20 Cherry Blossom Lane Los Gatos, CA, 95032 United States (map)

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the greatest manuscript discoveries of the twentieth century. The 900+ manuscripts found in 11 caves near Khirbet Qumran reveal the beliefs, practices and scriptures of affiliated Jewish groups living during the late Second Commonwealth period, at the birth of rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. Apocalyptic in orientation and halachically dissimilar from other Jews, the communities behind the scrolls preserved our best and earliest evidence of Tanach. We’ll explore these “mysteries" and some of the fascinating technologies and methods being used to reveal the scrolls and the diverse Jewish world from which they emerge. For questions, please contact Sherry at


Meet The Speakers


Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D. is the Associate Professor of Early Christianity and the Second Commonwealth at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He earned his doctorate from the Religious Studies Department at Yale University and was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. Rabbi Garroway is the author of one book with a second in progress.



Catherine M. Murphy, Ph.Dis Associate Professor of New Testament at Santa Clara University. She earned her doctorate in the New Testament from the Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity program at the University of Notre Dame where she worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls publication team. Dr. Murphy is the author of three books.