Emmanuel Professor Judith Newman Receives SSHRC Grant

Judith Newman received a generous three-year research grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada in May 2009 for a project entitled “Ritualized Temple Discourse and the Composition of Scripture in early Judaism.” In large part because of the significant discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the origins of the Old Testament, both in Hebrew and Greek, and its path towards canonization have become newly obscured. A major focus of the project will be the research and writing of a book about the ways in which scripture was composed, transmitted, and extended in liturgical contexts in early Judaism and Christianity, as the focus on the Jerusalem Temple was reoriented to local prayer and study communities in synagogue and church. The scriptures of both Jews and the first Christians remained both fluid and life-giving largely through inspired oral transmission. She is also involved in a corollary research project with a group of international scholars on the historical origins of the Holy Spirit. Funding from the grant will enable her international travel to present her research at conferences as well as research support for graduate students who will work on the projects with her.

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