The lecture will take place in the Maas Center auditorium. The public is invited and admission is free.
VanderKam is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame. His areas of scholarly interest are the history and literature of early Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures.
VanderKam's research in the past 20 years has focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature, and he is a member of the editorial committee that prepared the scrolls for publication. He has edited 13 volumes in the official series, “Discoveries in the Judaean Desert,” and he is one of the two editors-in-chief of the “Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2000). His prize-winning book, “The Dead Sea Scrolls Today” (1994), has been translated into six languages and came out in a second edition in 2010.
VanderKam’s more recent books are a collection of his essays, “From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature” (2000), “An Introduction to Early Judaism” (2001), “The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (2002), “From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile” (2004), “1 Enoch 2” (2012), and “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible” (2012).
VanderKam earned a bachelor's degree at Calvin College in 1968, a B.D. at Calvin Theological Seminary in 1971 and a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1976.
His talk is the 2013 Danforth Lecture sponsored by the Hope College department of religion.
The Maas Center is at 264 Columbia Ave., at 11th Street in Holland.