Dr. Stephen J Pfann
Expertise: Qumran Studies; Ancient Languages; Cultural Geography
- Ph.D., Department of Ancient Semitic Languages, Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
- M.A., Graduate Theological Union
- B.S., Bethany College, Majors: Bible/Theology; Preseminary.
- A.A. De Anza College, Major: Liberal Arts, (emphasis Sciences).
- The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: A Comprehensive Facsimile Edition;
- “The Essene Yearly Renewal Ceremony and the Baptism of .Repentance,” Proceedings of the Provo Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls;
- “Khirbet Kerak Ware,” Anchor Bible Dictionary;
- “Qumran” in Encyclopedia Judaica rev. ed.;
- “Surveys and Excavations at the Nazareth Village Farm (1997-2002): Final Report,” Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 25 (1979)
- Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Department of Ancient Semitic Languages (2001). Dissertation topic: ‘The Character of the Essene Movement in Light of the Manuscripts Written in Esoteric Script from Qumran.’ Program Director: Prof. Michael Stone (formerly under the direction of Profs. Jonas Greenfield and Moshe Goshen-Gottstein).
- Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University (1982-1983). Course work in Departments of Ancient Semitic Languages, Bible, and Archaeology.
- M.A. Graduate Theological Union (Franciscan School of Theology), Berkeley, California (l975-l982). Area of specialization: Bible. Thesis topic: “Daniel 7:1-18: Its Structure and Motifs.”
- B.S. Bethany College, Scotts Valley, California (1972-1974). Majors: Bible/Theology; Pre-seminary.
- Ancient Languages:
- Reading knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, Koine Greek.
- Studied for purposes of comparative linguistics: Coptic, Middle Egyptian, Classical Arabic, Ge’ez, Akkadian, Latin.
- Modern Languages:
- German, Hebrew, French, Spanish.
Fellowships and Honors:
- Senior Research Fellow, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, 2001-present
- Research Fellow, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 1997-2000
- Grant recipient, Shelby White-Leon Levy Foundation for Archaeological Publications, for the Annotated English Edition of The Excavations of Qumran and Ein Feshkha, 2000.
- Fellow, Orion Centre for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jerusalem, 1997-1998
- Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology (Biblical Archaeology Society, 1993)
- Research Fellow, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 1985
- Endowment for Biblical Research Fellow, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Fall 1984.
- Evangelical Theological Society, 2001 to present.
- American Schools of Oriental Research, l977 to present.
- Society of Biblical Literature, l974 to present.
- Sierra Club, l970-l97l.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science, l968-l972.
- Project Director, Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (UHL/CSEC and the Israel Government Ministry of Tourism, 1998)
- Co-author (in collaboration with Click! Multimedia, Inc., Tel Aviv, Israel), A Disciple’s Diary (Palphot and Thomas Nelson/Word, 1996).
- Contributor , Encyclopedia Judaica (electronic version) (in press).
- The Ancient “Library” or “Libraries” of Qumran?: The Specter of Cave 1Q’, The Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran and the Concept of a Library, eds. Sydnie White Crawford and Cecilia Wasson (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pages 168-216
- ‘The Use of Cryptographic and Esoteric Scripts in Second Temple Judaism and the Surrounding Cultures,’ Interpreting 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch, eds. Gabriele Boccaccini and Jason M. Zurawski (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014) 173–196.
- ‘Abducted by God? : The process of heavenly ascent in Jewish tradition, from Enoch to Paul, from Paul to Akiva,’ Henoch 33.1 (2011): 113-128.
- ‘The Mount Zion Inscribed Cup: Preliminary’, in ed. D. Amit, O. Peleg-Barkat, G. D. Stiebel, New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region: Collected Papers. Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology, 2010. *44-*53.
- ‘The Second Temple Period Multimedia Educational Suite, with an Appendix on the Ceramic and Numismatic Evidence for Qumran’s Period Ia,’ (with Stephen Pfann, Jr.), in The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (July 6–8, 2008), eds. Adolfo Roitman, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Shani Tzoref (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pages 703- 718.
- ‘Scripts and Scribal Practice’ Dictionary of Early Judaism (John Collins and Dan Harlow, eds.; Eerdmans, forthcoming, 2010)
- ‘Reassessing Qumran’s Calendars’ Enoch and Jubilees (ed. Pierpaolo Bertalotto and Todd Hanneken): Short papers from the Fourth Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli (8-12 July 2007) in Henoch 31/1 (2009) 104-110.
- ‘On the Nazareth Village Farm Report: A Reply to Salm’ Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 26 (2008) 105-108. (with Y. Rapuano)
- ‘Surveys and Excavation at the Nazareth Village Farm (1997–2002): Final Report’ (with the collaboration of R. Voss and Y. Rapuano). Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 25 (2007) 11-71.
- ‘Reassessing the Judean Desert Caves: Libraries, Archives, Genizas and Hiding Places’ Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 25 (2007)139-162.
- ‘A Reassessment of CJO 703: Mary Magdalene has left the Room’ Near Eastern Archaeologist 70 (2007).
- ‘Dated Bronze Coinage of the Sabbatical years of Release and the First Jewish City Coin’. Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 24 (2006) 101-113.
- ‘Lots’, Encyclopedia Judaica (New York: Keter and Macmillan Publishers, 2006).
- ‘Nazareth’, Encyclopedia Judaica (New York: Keter and Macmillan Publishers, 2006).
- ‘Qumran’, Encyclopedia Judaica (New York: Keter and Macmillan Publishers, 2006).
- ‘Sundial’, Encyclopedia Judaica (New York: Keter and Macmillan Publishers, 2006).
- The Dead Sea Libraries: Student’s Edition, in preparation. (A practical edition including the vocalized, reconstructed text, based upon readings from numerous manuscripts, divided by sense-units according to chapter and verse, accompanied by a parallel English translation and critical notes).
- ‘Educational Suite and Database on Qumran, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of the Second Temple Period.’ (With the collaboration of Stephen Pfann, Jr.) In Bio- and Material Cultures at Qumran: Papers from a COST Action G8 Working Group Meeting Held in Jerusalem, Israel on 22-23 May 2005, ed. Jan Gunneweg, Charles Greenblatt, and Annemie Adriaens, 251-264. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB, (2006).
- ‘A Table in the Wilderness: Two Pantries and Tables, Pure Food and Sacred Space at Qumran,’ Qumran, The Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeological Interpretations and Debates. Proceedings of the Brown University Conference on the Archaeology of Qumran (Nov. 2002), edited by K. Galor, J-B Humbert and J. Zangenberg. E.J. Brill (2006)
- “Historical Implications of the Early Second Century Dating of the 4Q249-250 Cryptic A Corpus.” In Things Revealed: Studies in Early Jewish and Christian Literature in Honor of Michael E. Stone, ed. Esther G. Chazon, David Satran, and Ruth A. Clements, 171-186. Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series 89. Leiden: Brill, 2004.
- The Excavations of Qumran and Ein Feshkha (Revised English Edition), NTOA Series Archeologica 1B, University Press Fribourg, Switzerland/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen (2003). (Re-edition and annotated English translation of R. de Vaux’s excavation notes.)
- ‘Kelei Dema‘: Tithe Jars, Scroll Jars and Cookie Jars.’ Proceedings of the Manchester Copper Scroll Conference, edited by George J. Brooke and Phillip R. Davies. JSP Supp. Seroes 40. Sheffield Academic Press (2002) 163-179.
- ‘An Incense Altar from Qumran?’, with Torleif Elgvin, Dead Sea Discoveries 9,1 (2002) 20-33. ‘Concordance’, Hebrew and Aramaic Concordances for each of volumes XI, XIII, XVIII–XX, XXII, XXIII, XXV-XXX, XXXIV–XXXVI, XXXVIII of Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. (Oxford,1993–2001)
- ‘”313c. 4QcryptA Calendrical Document B,” “317. 4QcryptA Lunisolar Calendar,” “324d. 4QcryptA Liturgical Calendara,” “324e. 4QcryptA Liturgical Calendarb,” “324f. 4QcryptA Liturgical Calendarc?” “324g. 4QcryptA Calendrical Document F?” “324h. 4QcryptA Calendrical Document G?” “324i. 4QcryptA Mishmarot J”.362. 4QcryptB Unidentified Text A,” “363. 4QcryptB Unidentified Text B,” “363a. 4QcryptC Unidentified Religious Text,” “363b. 4Qcrypt Miscellaneous Texts”.’ In Wadi Daliyeh II: The Samaria Papyri from Wadi Daliyeh and Qumran Cave 4.XXVIII: Miscellanea, Part 2, ed. Douglas M. Gropp et al., Pls. XLI-XLIII. DJD 28. Oxford: Clarendon, 2001.
- The Character of the Early Essene Movement in the Light of the Manuscripts Written in Esoteric Scripts from Qumran, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Hebrew University, 2001.
- ‘The Writings in Esoteric Script from Qumran.’ In The Dead Sea Scrolls: Fifty Years after Their Discovery. Proceedings of the Jerusalem Congress, July 20-25, 1997, ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Emanuel Tov, and James C. VanderKam, 177-190. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society in cooperation with the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, 2000.
- The Synagogue in the First Century CE: Recommendations for the Reconstruction of an Academically Defensible Synagogue in Nazareth. University of the Holy Land Press (Jerusalem: 2000). Produced with the collaboration of V. Hillel.
- ‘Cryptic Texts: 249a-z, 250a-j and 313-313b, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXXVI (2000) 515-701; pls. xxxv-xlix.
- ‘Archaeological Surveys’, Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).
- ‘Sons of Dawn’, Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000) 891. ‘249. Midrash Sefer Mosheh, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXXV (1999) 1-24; pls. I-III.
- ‘No Nu in Line 2 of 7Q5: A Final Disidentification of 7Q5 with Mark 6:52–53’, (in collaboration with R. Gundry). Journal of Biblical Literature 118 (1999) 698–707.
- First Century Nazareth: A Preliminary Model for On-going Research. University of the Holy Land Press (Jerusalem: 1999). Produced with the collaboration of V. Hillel.
- The First Century House: Its Structure as a Living Space. University of the Holy Land Press (Jerusalem: 1999). Produced with the collaboration of V. Hillel.
- ‘The Essene Yearly Renewal Ceremony and the Baptism of Repentance’, Proceedings of the Provo Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls, July 1996 (Leiden: Brill, 1998) 337-52.
- ‘From John Trever to Digital Imaging: Photographing the Dead Sea Scrolls’, with G. Bearman and S. Spiro, in The Dead Sea Scrolls Jubilee Volume (Leiden: Brill, 1998) 472-84.
- ‘La publication des fouilles de Qumrân et Aïn Feshkha (en édition anglaise)’, Le monde de la Bible 107 (1997) 9.
- ‘298. 4QcryptA Words of the Maskil to All Sons of Dawn’, with Menahem Kister, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XX (1997) 1-30.
- ‘4Q249: Midrash Sefer Moshe’, in Legal Texts and Legal Issues: Proceedings of the Second Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies, Cambridge, 1995 (STDJ XXIII; Leiden: Brill, 1997).
- ‘Physical Descriptions’ in The Damascus Document (4Q266-273), J. Baumgarten, ed. (DJD XVIII; Oxford: Clarendon, 1996).
- ‘4QDanield: A Preliminary Edition’, RevQ 17 (Milik Festrschrift; 1996) 37-71.
- ‘4Q298: Word of the Maskil to All Sons of Dawn’, Jewish Quarterly Review (1994) 203-235.
- ‘The Wine Press (and Mikveh) at Qumran’, RB 101-2 (1994) 212-14.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: A Comprehensive Facsimile Edition of the Texts from the Judean Desert (in collaboration with Emanuel Tov). Brill/IDC, 1993
- The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: Companion Volume (in collaboration with Emanuel Tov). Brill/IDC, 1993, 2nd ed. 1995.
- ‘Chronological List of the Negatives of the PAM, IAA, and Shrine of the Book’, chapter 3 in The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: A Comprehensive Facsimile Edition of the Texts from the Judean Desert (in collaboration with Emanuel Tov). Brill/IDC, 1993.
- ‘History of the Judean Desert Discoveries’, Chapter 4 in The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: A Comprehensive Facsimile Edition of the Texts from the Judean Desert (in collaboration with Emanuel Tov). Brill/IDC, 1993.
- ‘Sites in the Judean Desert Where Texts Have Been Found, Chapter 5 in The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche: A Comprehensive Facsimile Edition of the Texts from the Judean Desert (in collaboration with Emanuel Tov). Brill/IDC, 1993.
- ‘Khirbet Kerak Ware’, Anchor Bible Dictionary, Doubleday, 1992.
- Gen. ed., Student Map Manual Marking Guide: Sections 10-13, the Hellenistic through New Testament
- Periods, (Jerusalem: Center for the Study of Early Christianity), 1990.
- ‘The Aramaic Text and Language of Daniel and Ezra in the Light of Some Unpublished Manuscripts from Qumran’, Textus 16 (1991) 127-37.
- Contributor, The Illustrated Dictionary and Concordance to the Bible, Jerusalem Publishing House/MacMillan Press, 1986.
- ‘A Concordance to Ugaritica VII’, in Ugaritic Studies 2, P.C. Craigie, ed. (originally published in Newsletter for Ugaritic Studies 22 [l980], pp. 8-l6).
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