Millar Burrows Dies
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Millar Burrows, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Dead Sea Scrolls and professor emeritus at Yale Divinity School, died on April 29. Burrows was 91 years old.
At the time the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, Dr. Burrows was Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem (now the William F. Albright School of Archaeological Research). Dr. Burrows was among the first scholars to see the Scrolls and quickly became involved in their study and publication.
On Burrow’s death, another Dead Sea Scroll scholar, David Noel Freedman of the University of Michigan, observed that “Burrows deserved a halo and a medal for publishing the great Isaiah Scroll within two years of its discovery.” Many manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls are still unpublished after more than 30 years.

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