SWBTS Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most famous discoveries of all time and Southwestern Seminary, through the generosity of private donors, is honored to house the largest collection of any academic institution in the United States. This collection includes 9 fragments, a stylus, a wooden bowl, facsimiles, and memorabilia from the first discovery and research into the scrolls. Our 9 fragments contain texts from Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Kings, Psalms, and Daniel.

The Tandy Institute for Archaeology, a department under Southwestern, spearheads the care of the collection, as well as the oversight of the associated research and publication project, a joint effort with other departments and outside experts. The desire of the donor was that these fragments be studied and published for the benefit of other academics and the public at large and the Tandy's work with Southwestern's collection is to see these goals fulfilled.

This is an ongoing project and this page will be updated as we make progress in our research and publications.