Donald W. Parry

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Donald W. Parry
Occupation Professor, Author, Editor
Notable works

1) The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader (6 Volumes) Emanuel Tov and Parry

2) Dead Sea Scrolls Handbook. [Hebrew, with English intro.] Devorah Dimant and Parry

Donald W. Parry Ph.D. is a professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. He is the author and editor of many works related to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament. He has been a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls since January 1994. He also serves as a member of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation Board of Advisors, 2008–present.[1]

Biography[edit]

Parry was born in Idaho to Atwell Parry, a former Idaho state senator,[2] and Elaine Parry. He is the fourth child of seven. At the age of eleven, he moved with his family to a neighboring town, where he worked in his father's grocery store. He married his college sweetheart, Camille and they are the parents of six children.

He has authored or edited more than thirty books, and has written and published more than eighty articles.[3]

In addition to writing six books on Isaiah, Parry brings twenty-one years of work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. As one of the scrolls' international team of translators, he has published the Books of Samuel and has authored or edited more than fifteen volumes on the Dead Sea Scrolls.[4] These include scholarly works as well as publications for popular audiences.

He is a member of several other organizations, including the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (Groningen, The Netherlands), Society for Biblical Literature (Atlanta, Georgia), and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (Madison, Wisconsin).[1]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Books (some titles have co-authors)[edit]

Books on the Dead Sea Scrolls[edit]

  • Dead Sea Scrolls Handbook (Hebrew, with English Intro) (2015)
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, Volume 1. Texts Concerned with Religious Law, Exegetical Texts and Parabiblical Texts [with Emanuel Tov]
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, Volume 2. Calendrical Texts and Sapiential Texts, Poetic and Liturgical Texts, Additional Genres and Unclassified Texts [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Illuminating the Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of Qumran Revealed (2014)
  • Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana (2010)
  • Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: 4QSama, Vol. XVII [with Frank Moore Cross, et al.]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Poetic and Liturgical Texts (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Parabiblical Texts (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Additional Genres and Unclassified Texts (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Exegetical Texts (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Calendrical and Sapiential Texts (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Reader: Texts Concerned with Religious Law (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004) [with Emanuel Tov]
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints (2000)
  • A New Edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa): Transcriptions and Photographs (Hebrew, with English Intro.) (1998)
  • The Provo International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls: New Texts, Reformulated Issues, and Technological Innovations (1998)
  • LDS Perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls (1997)
  • Current Research and Technological Developments: Proceedings of the Conference on the Judaean Desert Scrolls, Jerusalem, April 30, 1995 (1996)

Other Books[edit]

  • Angels: Agents of Light, Love and Power (2013)
  • Tree of Life: From Eden to Eternity (2011)
  • Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement (2009)
  • Understanding the Parables of Jesus Christ (2006)
  • Visualizing Isaiah (2006)
  • Understanding Death and the Resurrection (2003)
  • Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon (2002)
  • Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen (2002)
  • Harmonizing Isaiah: Combining Ancient Sources (2001)
  • Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-Day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson (2000)
  • Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson (2000)
  • The Temple in Time and Eternity (1999)
  • Understanding the Signs of the Times (1999)
  • Isaiah in the Book of Mormon (1999)
  • Understanding the Book of Revelation (1998)
  • The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted According to Parallelistic Patterns (1998)
  • A Guide to Publications on the Book of Mormon: Selected Annotated Bibliography (1996)
  • A Comprehensive Annotated Book of Mormon Bibliography (1996)
  • Understanding Isaiah (1996)
  • Temples of the Ancient World (1995)
  • A Bibliography on Temples of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World: Arranged by Subject and by Author (1991)
  • A Guide to Scriptural Symbols (1990)

Copyrighted Software[edit]

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Reference Library: Biblical Texts, Vol. 2 (2015)
  • Biblical Hebrew Learning Tool (2015)

Selected Articles[edit]

  • “LXX Isaiah or Its Vorlage—Primary ‘Misreadings’ and Secondary Modifications,” in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam (Leiden: E. J.Brill, 2012), 151–168.
  • almanah (widow),” Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten, edited by Heinz-Josef Fabry (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2011) [in German]
  • “Isaiah Scrolls,” in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2010)
  • “1QIsaa and Ketib–Qere Readings of the Masoretic Type Texts,” in Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after their Discovery: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 17–32.
  • “Hannah in the Presence of the Lord.” Archaeology of the Books of Samuel: The Entangling of the Textual and Literary History, edited by Philippe Hugo and Adrian Schenker. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum [132] (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010), 53–73.
  • “4QSama and 4QSamb,” The Biblical Qumran Scrolls: Transcriptions and Textual Variants, Edited by Eugene Ulrich (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009), 259–322.
  • “A Digital Signature Signing Engine to Protect the Integrity of Digital Assets,” Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training 2006 Conference, Sydney, Australia, July 2006.
  • “Parchment,” The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Katharine D. Sakenfeld, general editor (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2009), 382.
  • “Pen,” The New nterpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Katharine D. Sakenfeld, general editor (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2009), 429–430.
  • “The Textual Character of the Unique Readings of 4QSama (4Q51)” Flores Florentino: Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Early Jewish Studies in Honour of Florentino García Martínez. Festschrift Presented in Honor of Florentino García Martínez, edited by Anthony Hilhorst, et al. (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007), 163–182.
  • “Verbal Imperative Variations in Qumran Legal Texts and Other Registers,” Zaphenath-Paneah: Linguistic studies Presented to Elisha Qimron On the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday, edited by Daniel Sivan, David Talshir and Chaim Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2009), 115, 127–142.
  • “Linguistic Profile of the Nonbiblical Qumran Texts: A Multidimensional Approach,” From 4QMMT to Resurrection: Mélanges qumraniens en hommage à Émile Puech, edited by Florentino García Martínez, Annette Steudel and Eibert Tigchelaar (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006), 217–241.
  • “How Many Vessels? A Examination of MT 1 Sam 2:14//4QSama 1 Sam 2:16,” Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint. Presented to Eugene Ulrich, edited by Peter Flint, Emanuel Tov, and James VanderKam (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006), 84–95.
  • “The ‘Word’ or the ‘Enemies’ of the Lord? Revisiting the Euphemism in 2 Sam 12:14,” Studies in Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honor of Emanuel Tov, edited by Shalom Paul, et al. (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003), 367–378.
  • “Unique Readings in 4QSama,” in The Bible as Book: The Hebrew Bible and the Judaean Desert Discoveries. Proceedings of the Conference Held at Hampton Court, Herefordshire, 18–21 June 2000, edited by Edward D. Herbert and Emanuel Tov (London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2002), 209–219.
  • “4QSama and the Royal Song of Thanksgiving (2 Sam 22/ /Ps 18),” in Sapiential, Liturgical and Poetical Texts from Qumran. Proceedings of the Third Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies, Oslo, 1998, edited by Daniel Falk, et al. (Leiden: Brill, 2000), 146–159.
  • “The Aftermath of Abner’s Murder,” Textus 20 (2000): 83–96.
  • “More Fragments from 4QSama (4Q51): A Preliminary Edition of 1 Samuel 14:24–24:22,” The Dead Sea Scrolls—Fifty Years after Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Jerusalem Congress, July 20–25, 1997, edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman, Emanuel Tov, and James C. VanderKam (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2000), 19–29.
  • “A Preliminary Edition of a Fragment of 4QSamb (4Q52),” Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research 306 (1997): 63–74. [with Frank Moore Cross]
  • “Notes on Divine Name Avoidance in Scriptural Units of the Legal Texts of Qumran,” in Moshe Bernstein, ed. Qumran Legal Texts: Essays in Honor of Joseph M. Baumgarten (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997), 437–449.
  • “Retelling Samuel: Echoes of the Books of Samuel in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Revue de Qumran 17 (Decembre 1996): 293–306.
  • “4QSama and the Tetragrammaton,” in Current Research and Technological Developments: Proceedings of the Conference on the Judaean Desert Scrolls, Jerusalem, April 30, 1995 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996), 106–125.

Forthcoming Books[edit]

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls—Minor Caves (2Q, 3Q, 5Q, 6Q, 8Q, 9Q, 10Q): A New Edition
  • The Isaiah Scrolls and the Masoretic Text of Isaiah (A text critical examination of the Qumran Isaiah scrolls versus the MT)

Forthcoming Articles[edit]

  • “The Text of Isaiah in the Damascus Document"
  • "The Text of Isaiah in the War Scroll"
  • “Hybrid Forms in the Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa)”
  • “A Text Critical Study of Hapax Legomena in MT Isaiah and the Qumran Isaiah Scrolls”
  • “Linguistic Structures and Variants of MT Isaiah and 1QIsaa: Statistical Significance”

Notes[edit]

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