Dr. Dana Pike lectures a full crowd on the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Thursday, May 3 marked the beginning of what will be a continuing series of forums about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Local interest in the scrolls has grown with the arrival of several scrolls from Israel, as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition. Drs. Rick Hess, Dana Pike, and Craig Blomberg taught a standing room only crowd in the chapel on Denver Seminary campus in Littleton. Dr. Dana Pike, Department Chair of Ancient Scripture in the College of Religious Instruction at Brigham Young University gave an overview and background of the scrolls. Dr. Rick Hess, distinguished professor at Denver Seminary, followed with a lesson on the significance of the scrolls with regard to the Old Testament. Dr. Craig Blomberg, also a distinguished professor at Denver Seminary, rounded out the instruction with insight into how the scrolls tie in with the New Testament.

All three professors are members of the Society of Biblical Literature and interact regularly on topics of mutual interest. The three pointed out similarities between the oldest known Hebrew biblical texts created in 1008 AD and our present day Old Testament. With the exception of the book of Esther, all books of the Old Testament are represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We learn more about specific importance as we see that multiple copies of select books of the Old Testament were found.  The top three most commonly found texts belong to Deuteronomy, Psalms, and Isaiah.  Interestingly, these three Old Testament books are also the most frequently referenced books of the Old Testament as one reads through the New Testament.

The presentations were followed with panel members asking one another questions, generating further discussion. The Q&A portion of the evening was conducted by Craig McIlroy, Director of Public Affairs for the Denver South Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to the friendly banter and questions among panelists, audience members were able to pose questions of their own, and the evening concluded on a positive note.

from left to right: Rev. Annie Arnoldy, Tom Reiners, Dr. Craig Blomberg, Dr. Dana Pike, Dr. Rick Hess and Craig McIlroy

The next day, presenters were hosted by Reverend Annie Arnoldy of St. Andrew United Methodist church of Highlands Ranch. They were joined by Tom Reiners, a lifelong member of the Methodist church. A retired rocket scientist and Dead Sea Scrolls enthusiast, Mr. Reiners serves as a docent at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and takes tours of the exhibition. He added color commentary relevant to the exhibit. The four panelists gave the 450+ attendees a full evening of information and insight. In addition to Mr. Reiners’ contribution, Dr. Pike added further to his presentation, sharing a bit of his experience in Jerusalem.  His unique history includes being on the team of 70 plus translators who were invited by Israeli scholar Emmanuel Tov to help translate and publish the scrolls. He shared personal account of the 11 caves in which the 950 fragments were found, and the close connection he experienced with history.

More seminars similar to the two that took place last week are scheduled in the near future. Forums are scheduled for June 21 at Temple Emmanuel, June 22 in Parker, June 23 in our Arvada, and June 24 in Boulder.  Check back for details forthcoming.


Each week the staff at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Colorado highlight one of their own. These weekly posts introduce someone on base by giving a short bio. This last week we saw a familiar face on the Facebook Page…

Here is the post that was shared by the Base:

For this week’s #MeetTeamBuckley we are highlighting Staff Sgt. Vance R. Boyer, 460th Security Forces Squadron. Boyer was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He went to middle school and high school in the small town of Firth, Idaho. He worked on, you guessed it, a potato farm. “Spud harvest” is how most of the high schoolers in the area make their money.

After high school, and a brief stint in college, Boyer decided to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was called to serve in what is called the Argentina, Neuquen Mission, which covered most of the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. There, he became fluent in the Spanish language by talking to people all day every day. “I absolutely loved my mission, and being a missionary! It was one of the highlights of my life,” said Boyer. When he returned from his mission, Boyer continued to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he studied Recreation Leadership. In one of his classes he met his now wife, Lauren. They married before he graduated with his B.S. in 2013. He knew joining the military would be a great way to start a family. He became a Security Forces specialist and moved to Buckley AFB as his first duty station in October of 2014. After less than a year at Buckley, he deployed to Saudi Arabia.

From the beginning of his time at Buckley, Boyer has been known as “Smiley” by many people who see his cheerful face at the gate. He has certainly helped establish a positive image of policing on Buckley AFB. He was hand selected to work at the Buckley Visitor Center for the past year because it allowed him to interact face-to-face with the public. Boyer completed Airman Leadership School in November 2017, earning the prestigious John L. Levitow Award. He and his wife have been married nearly 6 years and have two beautiful daughters.

“I really love my job and I love the Air Force; it has been great for me and my family. I hope to project a positive image of the Air Force, for Security Forces, and of law enforcement in general,” said Boyer.

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A rare collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, generating interest among scholars and people of faith alike. Building on the excitement around this exhibit, two Denver-area religious institutions will host a panel discussion on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity”, featuring Dr. Craig Blomberg and Dr. Richard Hess of the Denver Seminary and Dr. Dana Pike from Brigham Young University. There are two opportunities to participate:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Denver Seminary Chapel
6399 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120
Friday, May 4, 2018
7 p.m.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
9203 S. University Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
No reservations are needed for these two events. Please join us for a stimulating and faith-building experience, and make sure to plan your own visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the museum.

Vocal Point was founded in 1991 by three students at Brigham Young University. As an all A cappella choir Vocal Point quickly soared to popularity and was adopted officially into the School of Music at BYU in 1994.

More recently Vocal Point competed on NBC’s The Sing-Off, where the 2010-2011 group competed against 15 other A cappella groups in Los Angeles before a panel of celebrity judges. During a wildly popular run on the show, Vocal Point made it to the top 5 and won critical acclaim for their performances.

The group continues to grow and perform. With a recent focus on digital media Vocal Point now regularly publishes to their YouTube channel which at the time of this writing has over 280K subscribers.

Members of the Grand Junction community have a special upcoming opportunity to hear from Vocal Point. On February 17th at 7:00 pm Vocal Point will be performing at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Tickets can be purchased here: Vocal Point – Grand Junction 2018

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