The Canadian government has awarded Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Peter Flint a Canada Research Chair to support his academic work. Flint, of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, is an authority on the Isaiah Scroll and co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He co-authored, with James VanderKam, The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (HarperSanFrancisco, 2002), named by the Biblical Archaeology Society as the best book relating to the Hebrew Bible for 2001 and 2002.
The award is part of the Canadian government’s attempt to strengthen Canadian research universities and stem the brain drain to the United States. Its award to Flint, worth 200,000 Canadian dollars (about 164,000 U.S. dollars) per year for seven years, represents an acknowledgement that Flint and tiny Trinity Western University are leaders in a field of research considered highly important for the history of Christianity and Judaism. The grant will facilitate Flint’s own work as well as provide research assistantships for graduate students engaged in Dead Sea Scroll research.
In addition to his many honors, Peter is also a very popular lecturer at Biblical Archaeology Society Travel/Study Program seminars. Congratulations, Peter!