The Orion Center was established in 1995 as part of the Institute for Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Our web site provides many resources for the study of the Scrolls, as well as information about the Center's activities and programs.
RESEARCH ON THE SCROLLS
The Center aims to stimulate and foster research on the Scrolls, particularly the great task of integrating the new information gained from the Scrolls into the body of knowledge about Jewish history and religion in the Second Temple period. Such integration will affect areas like biblical studies, Jewish literature and thought of the Second Temple Period, earliest Christianity and the New Testament, the study of early rabbinic Judaism, and more.
STUDY OF THE SCROLLS IN JERUSALEM
Many aspects of the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls can be done best and uniquely at the Hebrew University and in Jerusalem. Such topics include the relationship of the Scrolls to rabbinic literature and thought, to the Jewish liturgy, to the Piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poetry), the study of the Scrolls as physical artifacts (most recently in the area of DNA analysis), their archeological context and their relationship to other Judean Desert finds.
STUDY OF THE SCROLLS AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY
The Center intends to focus and to coordinate the research presently being carried out at the Hebrew University, and to ensure a balanced and structured program of research and instruction. More specifically, the Orion Center organizes lectures in Hebrew and English (scholars seminars and presentation & discussion hours), and international symposia. In addition the Center offers grants for graduate and post-doctoral study of the scrolls related literature at Hebrew University.
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