LECTURES: The DSS, the Biblical Canon, and the Forgotten Jewish Past” (Oct 28)

2021 MF CASR Annual Lecture with Annette Yoshiko Reed
“Archival Amnesia: The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Biblical Canon, and the
Forgotten Jewish Past”
28 October, 18:00 CET (12:00 EST)

Archives and anthologies are commonly viewed as technologies of
preservation, protecting the memory of the past from the dangers of
forgetting—and perhaps nowhere more so than with scriptures. Drawing
upon theoretical and historiographical insights on the archive, this
lecture looks instead to what is forgotten and relegated to forgetting
in the process of archivalization. To do so, it looks especially to
what the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed about the
power of biblical canons in shaping and constraining the memory of the
biblical past. What might we see, instead, when we focus on their
amnesia-inducing effects, as engines and fulcrums of forgetting? And
what might we recover, in the process, about the cultural power of

Dr. Blossom Stefaniw, Professor of the Intellectual History of
Christianity, will comment on Annette Reed’s lecture.

Annette Yoshiko Reed is a religious historian and professor in the
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Department of
Religious Studies at New York University. Reed’s research profile
includes studies of Second Temple Jewish texts, Jewish-Christian
relations, parabiblical writings, and Jewish knowledge traditions in

This lecture will be on Zoom.  Information and registration: