AU School of Theology announces Roitman as 31st Newell lecturer

Thu, 2012-04-19 07:55 -- univcomm
April 19, 2012

The Anderson University School of Theology and the Center for Christian Leadership will welcome Dr. Adolfo Roitman on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, for the 31st Annual Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies. Roitman will present lectures focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

adolfo-roitmanRoitman will give a general public lecture entitled “The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity” in addition to two scholarly lectures. A complete schedule for the event will be announced in early fall. Roitman a native of Argentina, holds a Licenciado from the University of Buenos Aires, an M.A. in comparative religion, and a Ph.D. in ancient Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is a lecturer at several universities in Israel and has been a Henry Luce Visiting Professor at the University of Hartford, as well as a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech, New York University, Tufts University, Texas Christian University, and many other institutions throughout the United States and Latin America. Roitman is the author of four books about the Dead Sea Scrolls including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes (Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, 2000, in Spanish), A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1997), and Envisioning the Temple: Scrolls, Stones and Symbols (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2003).

In 1997, to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Roitman produced A Day at Qumran, an exhibition that explores the daily life and rituals of the strict Qumran sect, the people believed to have copied and stored the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls. It is now a permanent exhibition in the Shrine of the Book.

Roitman is also an ordained conservative rabbi and is a member of the World Union of Jewish Studies, as well as the Society of Biblical Literature. His fields of research include, in addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Jewish literature, religion and thought, early biblical interpretation, and comparative religion.

This year's Newell Lecture is made possible through a partnership with the Gustav Jeeninga Museum of Biblical and Near Eastern Studies.

Dr. and Mrs. Arlo and Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology on an annual basis. The Newell Lectures are one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

Dr. Newell served the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) for many years as a pastor, editor of Vital Christianity (the national periodical of the Church of God), a Church of God General Assembly officer, and author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Newell continues his writing and serves as a Chaplain in Residence with the Anderson University School of Theology.

Helen Newell also worked faithfully in the Church of God and in the Anderson community. She is a 1981 graduate of the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Religious Education. The Newell Lectures were created to honor Helen’s work at the seminary and in the Church of God.

The Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Established in 1950, the seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers a number of degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).