The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls captured the attention of numerous academics, religious leaders, and biblical researchers emerging from all walks of life.

To help us understand the Dead Sea scrolls and their importance, I spoke with Dr. James C. Vanderkam, retired Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Notre Dame University’s John A. O’Brien Department of Biblical Theology. Professor VanderKam received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1976. As a member of the editorial committee preparing the Dead Sea Scrolls for publication, he edited thirteen volumes in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert.