History of the SWBTS Collection
July 2009 Offer, through donor, to purchase the scroll fragments was proposed
2009-2011 Process of purchasing the original 8 scrolls
Sept. 2010 Digitization of the scrolls by the West Semitic Research (Dr. Bruce Zuckerman USC)
Nov. 2010 Dr. Ortiz joins the Board of Advisors for the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation
Nov. 2011 The initial findings presented at the SBL Meetings
July 2012- Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible Exhibit at SWBTS
Oct. 4, 2016 Paleographic report from Ada Yardeni
Jan. 2016 Some fragments loaned to the Indianapolis Children's Museum for the National Geographic Sacred Journeys Exhibit
Oct. 2016 Some fragments loaned to the Mayborn Museum (Baylor University) for the continuation of the National Geographic Sacred Journeys Exhibit
Aug. 2016 Three fragments sent to Germany for analysis
June 2017 The three fragments are picked up from and the other five fragments sent to Germany for analysis
Aug. 8, 2017 Drs. Stokes and Crawford present an update on our research at the International SBL Conference on efforts to assess the authenticity and provenance
May 2018 The last five fragments picked up from Germany
Nov. 2018 Dr. Ortiz joins the Dead Sea Scroll Foundation Board of Directors
History of Research on the SWBTS Collection
- In the fall of 2010, upon the acquisition of the DSS fragments, we developed a publication plan in which our Old Testament factory will translate a fragment assigned to them. We also originally engaged Dr. Peter Flint, a well-known DSS scholar, to assist the faculty and also supplement their translations with a scholarly analysis.
- Dr. Ryan Stokes, Dr. Ortiz, and Dr. Flint were to oversee the editing and translation project and Dr. Flint visited the campus twice to work with our faculty in preparation for our first SBL presentation.
- In November of 2011, our initial findings were presented at the annual SBL meeting.
- From 2011 through 2013, research continued on the fragments, most of which was conducted by Dr. Flint. Nothing, however, was produced from this research.
- In November of 2013, Dr. Ortiz met with Dr. Flint and Dr. Stokes in Chicago to address the lag in publication and a new plan was developed to incorporate other DSS scholars to help. This plan consisted of hosting a conference on campus and inviting these other DSS scholars to contribute; then publishing the proceedings along with our initial translations of the fragments.
- In December of 2013, Dr. Ortiz met with Dr. Patterson to update him on the research and new plan. Dr. Patterson agreed as long as SWBTS faculty did not lose any credit, as well as approved the reassignment of Dr. Mudliar's fragment and any other new acquisitions.
- In August and September of 2014, Dr. Stokes made multiple attempts to contact Dr. Flint in regard to the development of research and the conference.
- In October of 2014, we learned that Dr. Flint was in the hospital after suffering from a mental breakdown and would be unlikely to resume his academic duties.
- In November of 2014, a proposal was presented to administration to have Dr. Sidnie White Crawford, another well-respected DSS scholar, replace Dr. Flint as the outside scholar and consulting editor. Administration approved the proposal and the Tandy also made Dr. White Crawford a research associate.
- In March of 2015, Dr. White Crawford met with research and publication team on campus.
- In November of 2015, a meeting was held with Brill to discuss the publication of the SWBTS DSS fragments.
- In 2016 and 2017, the scrolls were sent to Germany in two separate groups for analysis.
- In 2017 and 2018, Drs. White Crawford, Ortiz, and Stokes reviewed the results of the analysis from Germany and seriously consider that some of our fragments could be fakes. Dr. Ortiz informally discussed this possibility with Dr. Patterson, who agreed to accept any official scholarly conclusions.