Who Were the Dead Sea Sectarians?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm


  • Dr. Maxine Grossman


Temple Beth Ami - Rockville

Program Series: 

  • Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls have linked the sectarian movement they represent with the Essenes, the Sadducees, and other Jewish groups from Second Temple times. But who were the Scrolls' sectarians and what are the implications of associating them with a familiar (or unfamiliar) group in Jewish history? Were they individual celibate men, as some readers have suggested, or pious Jewish families whose religious commitments led them to reject the foibles of mainstream Jewish life?  What kind of story can we trace in the texts they left behind, and what does it tell us about their lives, their religious commitments, and their understanding of Jewishness in a troubled time?

Dr. Maxine Grossman is an Associate Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She includes among her research interests the study of ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls; methods and theories in the study of religion; gender studies; and articulations of lived religious experience in contemporary society. Dr. Grossman serves as the advisor to the undergraduate minor in Religious Studies and also advises students who wish to design their own Religious Studies majors.

This program has been endowed by the Schick Family in memory of Renee and Frank Schick.

This event will be held at and co-sponsored by:

Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, Maryland

There is no cost for this program, but we request that you register.