MemberDavid Skelton

David Skelton has a PhD in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State with an emphasis in the Second Temple period. His dissertation was on music and pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is currently teaching courses on the survey of the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets. His research concerns the book of Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Syriac Christianity. More specifically, he is interested in the use of prayer and music as a means of creating identity as well the pedagogical use of music in Early Jewish and Christian communities.  

MemberMichael Johnson


2017 Michael Brooks Johnson, “A Case Study in Professional Ethics Concerning Secondary Publications of Unprovenanced Artefacts: The Re-Edition DSS F.Instruction1,” Distant Worlds Journal, Forthcoming.

2016 Michael Brooks Johnson, “A Fragment of Instruction,” in Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection, ed. Emanuel Tov, Kipp Davis, and Robert Duke, Publications of the Museum of the Bible 1 (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 222–36.

Book Reviews:

2017 Review of Trine B. Hasselbalch, Meaning and Context in the Thanksgiving Hymns: Linguistic and Rhetorical Perspectives on a Collection of Prayers from Q…

Michael Johnson is a post-doctoral researcher in the department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University. His interests include the material reconstruction of Dead Sea scrolls, digital tools and approaches for studying ancient manuscripts, genre theory, and digital humanities.

MemberMatthew L. Walsh

…“Sectarian Identity and Angels Associated with Israel: A Comparison of Daniel 7–12 with 1QS, 11QMelchizedek, and 1QM.” Pages 169–198 in The Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat: New Methods and Perspectives. Edited by Carmen Palmer, Andrew R. Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock. Early Judaism and its Literature 52. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2020.

Angels Associated with Israel in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Angelology and Sectarian Identity at Qumran. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/509.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Claiming Israel’s Angels as their Own: The Angelic Realm and th…

I am a scholar of ancient Judaism, with primary research interests in the Dead Sea Scrolls, angelology, and religious identity.  I currently serve as an assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Acadia Divinity College, which is the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

MemberP.B. (Bärry) Hartog

…gatio ad Gaium.” In Intolerance — Polemics — Debate: Cultural Resistance in the Ancient World. Edited by George H. van Kooten and Jacques T.A.G.M. van Ruiten. Berlin: De Gruyter.
“5Q10. Apocryphon of Malachi.” In Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 3a. Edited by Donald W. Parry and Andrew C. Skinner. Dead Sea Scrolls Editions. Leiden: Brill.
“6Q24–25, 31. papUnclassified Fragments.” In Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 3a. Edited by Donald W. Parry and Andrew C. Skinner. Dead Sea Scrolls Editions. Leiden: Brill.
“6Q26 papAccount or Contract.” In Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 3a. Edite…

P.B. (Bärry) Hartog is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the PThU in Groningen. His research concentrates on Early Judaism (including the Dead Sea Scrolls) in the context of the Graeco-Roman world. He has a particular interest in issues of textual scholarship and exegesis, the construction and development of identity, and intercultural contacts in an ever-expanding world.

MemberMichael DeVries

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Charlotte Hempel. My research focuses on compositional and thematic elements the War Scroll and related war texts from Qumran. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where I teach courses on biblical literature, Hebrew, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. My research spans areas of sectarian ideology, ritual theory, purity, and priesthood within the Qumran corpus and the wider landscape of Second Temple writings.

MemberYitzhaq Feder

My research pursues a synthesis between traditional philological study of ancient texts and naturalistic lines of inquiry pursued by the cognitive science of religions, integrating psychological and philosophical approaches to the human mind and behavior. I have published numerous articles on purity and pollution in the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible and the Dead Seas Scrolls, including a recent article in Cognitive Science exploring the implications of this research for psychological and evolutionary theory. My most recent research focuses on biblical notions of taboo and their implications for understanding the relationship between emotion and morality.

MemberShani Tzoref

From 2015-2019 I served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Exegesis at the School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam and at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical Colleges.  My primary research area is early biblical interpretation, particularly in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Other areas of interest are discourse analysis, history of scholarship, and contemporary socio-cultural applications of Biblical scholarship.

MemberJustin J. White

My research focuses on the intersection between the visual and the verbal (and eventually text). I explore how to characterize the image-text relationships between the visual culture of the ancient Near East and the eastern Mediterranean more broadly and biblical literature, including texts of the Hebrew Bible as well as other Second Temple literature, such as evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far my work has included: considering theories of the image, the use of common visual motifs in verbal images, and how narrative production reflects interaction with the visual. More broadly I am interest in the ways in which discussion of the image-text relationships evinced in the Hebrew Bible can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of image-text relationships in antiquity.

MemberJanelle Peters

Dr. Peters holds degrees from the University of California, the University of Chicago, and Emory University. Her undergraduate thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded High Honors. She was one of two recipients in Religious Studies of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate studies (2004-2008). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as Biblica, JECH/APB, JSP, and Neotestamentica. She has presented at classics and religious studies conferences at universities such as Princeton and Tufts. Dr. Peters has contributed to national magazines such as America. She has taught at Dominican University, the University of St. Francis, Lake Superior State University, and Emory University. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has done environmental work with faith-based organizations (Floresta and La Jolla Presbyterian) in Oaxaca, edited the college newsletter of Revelle College at UCSD (Revellations), fed the homeless with Christian campus organizations at UCSD, served on the Education and Faith Committee of the Catholic Community at UCSD, translated business documents between French and English (San Diego, CA), tutored English and civics for Boat People SOS (Atlanta, GA), coordinated veterans and emergency preparedness programs for AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross (Chicago, IL), taught physical education at a charter school (Los Angeles, CA), worked on a political campaign (Los Angeles, CA), and coordinated research for University of California science research station.