Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will present "From Serpent to Satan: The Story of Paradise in Literature and Art" at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free to the public and will be followed by a reception with Dr. Roitman.
Roitman is a senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and biblical interpretation. He has also served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States and Central and South America. The author of numerous books on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dr. Roitman has made significant contributions to the understanding of the Scrolls and is involved in their editing. His recent work includes articles on "The Building of the Shrine of the Book," a new catalog for the Daily Life at Qumran exhibit at the Shrine, and a book on the symbol of the serpent and the origins of evil. Dr. Roitman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is an ordained conservative rabbi. He earned his Ph.D. in ancient Jewish thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he had also earned a master's degree in comparative religions. The event is co-sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, the Arts and Culture Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, and the Springfield Museums.