Bio

Academic Bio of Andrew Perrin

I am presently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

My doctoral dissertation (McMaster University: Religious Studies, 2013) explored the use of dream-visions in the book of Daniel and the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls. A revised version of this project was published as The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead-Sea Scrolls (JAJSup 19; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015) and was awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. My work has included four research fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council as well as a study fellowship at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

Dead Sea Scrolls Research

The Dead Sea Scrolls are what first brought me to Trinity years ago as a student and remain what excites me most about researching and teaching on faculty. These invaluable textual and archaeological finds from the Judaean Desert provide a unique opportunity to peer into the world of Second Temple Judaism and watch as scribes copy and interpret the Hebrew Scriptures. They also enable us to recover aspects of the thought and culture of the period that was formative to early Judaism and Christianity. The Qumran texts reveal the often complex interfaces between tradition and community, identity and authority, and culture and theology in this era.

Qumran Cave Four, Andrew Perrin

My research, teaching, and speaking on the Dead Sea Scrolls explores the early formation and transmission of books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the vivid apocalyptic scenes and outlooks of the Qumran Aramaic texts, and the impact of the Qumran discoveries for shedding light on the conceptual world behind the New Testament. As an academic, I feel that open-access to research findings and mobilization of outcomes for the public is essential. As such, I also write on these topics for wider audiences online and provide periodic status updates on projects on my blog.

Contact

You can follow my work on Academia.edu and Twitter. I also manage the official social media accounts for the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

To get in touch with me directly about media inquiries, speaking schedule, or study opportunities, please use the contact page.