Professor Norman Golb to Present Lehman Lecture at Columbia: "The Dead Sea Scrolls Controversy: How It Happened and Where It Stands Today"

NEW YORK, March 21, 2006 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries and the Herbert H. Lehman Suite & Papers are pleased to sponsor a lecture by Dr. Norman Golb, Professor of Jewish History and Civilization at the University of Chicago, on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and recent controversies surrounding their publication and display. The Lehman Lecture will take place Tuesday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Low Memorial Library on the Columbia campus.

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Following the appearance of Professor Golb’s classic work of ancient manuscript investigation, Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? (Scribner, 1995), a scholarly debate erupted that continues to this day. Since 1979, Dr. Golb has marshaled striking evidence against the traditional “Qumran-Essene” hypothesis about the community which produced the Scrolls—evidence that led to a widely reported struggle over the publication and control of the documents.

In this year’s Lehman lecture, Golb will lead his audience on a journey of discovery through manuscript investigation, explaining how the nature of his research led him to surprising conclusions about the Scrolls. He will also offer an update on recent contributions by key Israeli archeologists who, after a decade of new excavations at Khirbet Qumran, have come to support Golb’s interpretation of the Scrolls’ origins.

Professor Golb will be introduced by University Librarian James G. Neal and will take questions from the audience after the lecture. A reception will follow the presentation. To attend, please respond to 212-854-4768 or

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

The Herbert H. Lehman Suite & Papers at Columbia University was founded in 1971 to serve the Columbia academic community as an educational outreach division of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Lehman Suite houses the personal and official papers of Governor Herbert H. Lehman (1878–1963), as well as fifteen related collections. Lehman, born on March 28, 1878, served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1929 to 1932, Governor of New York from 1933 to 1942, Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from 1943 to 1946, and Democratic Senator of New York from 1949 to 1957. The Lehman Suite also includes a fine collection of rare books and Judaica bearing on the history of the Lehman era. For more information, see:

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