Lawrence Schiffman

Lawrence Schiffman

Lawrence H. Schiffman (b. 1948) is Chair of New York University’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and serves as the Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University (NYU). He is a member of the Enoch seminar and of the Advisory Board of the Journal Henoch.

Lawrence Schiffman is also a member of the University’s Center for Ancient Studies and Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is a past president of the [ Association for Jewish Studies] . During the academic year 1989/90 he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of a research group dealing with the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was featured in the PBS Nova series documentary, “Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” as well as in four BBC documentaries on the scrolls, the McNeil-Lehrer program, and a Discovery special. He appears regularly in the popular educational series, “Mysteries of the Bible,” which appears on Arts and Entertainment (A&E), and more recently, in the four-part series “Kingdom of David” on PBS. In 1992/3 he was a fellow of the Annenberg Research Institute in Philadelphia where he was part of a research team working on the unpublished scrolls. Together with a colleague, he served as editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000). In 1991, he was appointed to the team publishing the scrolls in the Oxford series, Discoveries in the Judean Desert. He edited the journal "Dead Sea Discoveries" for ten years. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the [ Center for Online Judaic Studies] in New York.

Professor Schiffman received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. [Drew Silver, "Schiffman, Lawrence H." "Encyclopedia Judaica" (2nd ed.), 18:131-132.] He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in Late Antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature.

Professor Schiffman served as director of New York University’s program at the archaeological excavations at Dor, Israel, from 1980-82, in conjunction with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Exploration Society. [Drew Silver, "Schiffman, Lawrence H." "Encyclopedia Judaica" (2nd ed.), 18:131-132.] He has served as visiting professor at Yale University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Duke University, Shier Visiting Distinguished Professor in Judaic Studies at the University of Toronto, the Johns Hopkins University, the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, the Luce Visiting Professor at the University of Hartford and the Hartford Seminary, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Queens College and Yeshiva University. He was a member of the academic committee for the Summer, 1997 celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 2008 60th anniversary conference, both held in Jerusalem. Dr. Schiffman is a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research and a corresponding fellow of the Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He has been chairman of the Columbia University Seminar for the Study of the Hebrew Bible. He is a member of the board of the World Union for Jewish Studies and the Society for Biblical Literature where he served as chairman of the Qumran section.

He is an Orthodox Jew.


* "Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls", 2 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)(with James C. VanderKam (eds.).
* "The Halakhah at Qumran" (E. J. Brill, 1975)
* "Sectarian Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Courts, Testimony, and the Penal Code" (Scholars Press, 1983)
* "Who Was a Jew? Rabbinic Perspectives on the Jewish-Christian Schism" (Ktav, 1985)
* "From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism" (Ktav, 1991)
* "Halakhah, Halikhah u-Meshihiyut be-Khat Midbar Yehudah (Law, Custom, and Messianism in the Dead Sea Sect)" (Merkaz Shazar, 1993)(Hebrew)
* "Hebrew and Aramaic Magical Texts from the Cairo Genizah" (Sheffield, 1992)(jointly authored)
* "Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls" (Jewish Publication Society, 1994; Doubleday paperback, in the Anchor Research Library, 1995)
* "Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism" (Ktav, 1998)
* "Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism" (Ktav, 2003)
* "The Courtyards of the House of the Lord: Studies on the Temple Scroll" (Brill, 2008).

External links

* [ New York University website]
* [ Journal Henoch website]
* [ Enoch Seminar website]
* [ Center for Online Judaic Studies]
* [ Professor Lawrence Schiffman video lectures]


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