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After introducing the various techniques employed to produce images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this talk will focus on the use of Photoshop for producing digital reconstructions of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In particular, Dr. Kaplan will discuss his use of this technique for his own research on 4QMMT (Miqtsat Ma'aseh HaTorah or "Some Works of the Law").
Jonathan Kaplan (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Religious Studies, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, and Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a scholar of Ancient Judaism whose research and teaching focuses on the study of the Hebrew Bible and the history of its interpretation in the Second Temple and early Rabbinic periods. His first book, My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Reading of Song of Songs (Oxford University Press, 2015), is a study of the interpretations of the Song of Songs contained in the earliest compilations of rabbinic interpretation of the Bible, which are known as the tannaitic midrashim. Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he served for two years as a Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Associate in the Judaic Studies Program and as a Lecturer on Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, and Humanities at Yale University.
This talk is part of the IHS lecture series “Reclaiming the Pre-Modern Past,” examining how new technologies and approaches are enriching our understanding of pre-modern eras and cultures.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100
128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705