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West Essex Houses of Worship Host Lenten Scholars Lecture Series

Co-editors of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls to speak at First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church and Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex.

The 2013 Annual Lenten Scholars Lecture Series runs from Thursday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 17.

The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church and Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex are hosting Professor Lawrence Schiffman and Professor James VanderKam, co-editors of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, for a series of lectures.

This speaker series is sponsored in part by the John Jeffrey Post Memorial Speaker's Fund of the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell.

The schedule is as follows:

—Thursday, Feb. 14

7:30 p.m.  Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in North Caldwell

Topic: At the Crossroads—Second Temple Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls

—Friday, Feb. 15

8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

Topic: Sacred Scriptures and Not So Sacred Scriptures—The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Canon of the Bible

—Saturday, Feb. 16

1:30 p.m. St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Essex Fells

Topic: Making Scriptures Relevant—The Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Biblical Interpretation 

8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

Topic: What Really Motivated the Qumran Sect? The Importance of Jewish Law to the Qumran Community

—Sunday, Feb. 17

1:30 p.m. Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell

Topic: Jesus was Jewish—What Does That Really Mean for Christians and Jews?

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