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Neustadt Lectures 2017

February 9, 2017

Jewish and Christian Scriptural Traditions: Canonicity - Considering Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Discoveries

February 9, 2017


2501 N. Blackwelder

Oklahoma City University

1 PM: Bishop Angie Smith Chapel

Psalm 11 in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Different Religious Perspectives

Rabbi Vered L. Harris, Rabbi Abby Jacobson, Rev. Dr. Marty Alan Michelson, Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe

2:30 PM: Watson-Lounge Chapel

Dead Sea Scrolls Research in Oklahoma

An Unknown Fragment and a Psalm 11 Fragment

Dr. Marty Alan Michelson and Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe

7:00 PM: Temple B'nai Israel

What Constitutes Scripture in Judaism and Christianity?

Rabbi Vered L. Harris, Rabbi Abby Jacobson, Rev. Dr. Marty Alan Michelson, Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe

In the Fall of 2013, Drs. Lisa Wolfe at OCU and Marty Michelson at SNU began working with their students to research previously unpublished Dead Sea Scroll fragments from the Museum of the Bible collection. They discovered new insights as they examined these scrolls, but how do those insights affect the way scripture is viewed? Representatives from the Jewish and Christian communities will share and engage in discussion as they examine how such discoveries affect their own understanding of canon.


Rabbi Vered L. Harris, RJE, has served Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City since July 2012. Her Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Education are from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies is from California State University Northridge. Rabbi Harris’ professional interests include teaching, building bridges between the Temple and other communities in Oklahoma City, and intentionally applying religious values to daily living. Prior to moving to Oklahoma, Rabbi Harris was the Education Rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, KS, 2000-2012. Rabbi Harris and her husband Benjamin married in 1996, and live in Edmond with their three daughters.