The Orion Center

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The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature was established in 1995 as part of the Institute for Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its overarching aim is to stimulate all aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Over the years it has hosted a series of symposia bringing together many of the world's experts on the scrolls to give papers on topics related to the specific theme of that year's symposium. Past symposia have examined such subjects as the Damascus Document, wisdom literature and the reworking of biblical literature. Many of these symposia have been published by the center.

Since 1999 the Orion Center has held regular seminars relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls in memory of Professor Jonas C. Greenfield. Emanuel Tov gave the inaugural seminar on "The Greek Texts from the Judaean Desert".

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