Dr. Weston Fields
Author and Dead Sea Scrolls expert

Dr. Weston Fields

Dead Sea Scrolls expert and author 

Dr. Weston W. Fields grew up in Kodiak, Alaska. After earning his BA from Faith Baptist Bible College, he went on to earn an M.Div, Th.M. and a Th.D. From Grace College and Theological Seminary, in Winona Lake Indiana. Dr. Fields taught at Grace College and Theological Seminary for ten years before moving to Jerusalem Israel to work on a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages at the Hebrew University. Dr. Fields also taught at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now called Jerusalem University College) for seven years.

All during this period, and up to the present day, Dr. Fields divides his time between scholarship and commercial fishing in Alaska. During the summers, Dr. Fields runs a family business in Kodiak, fishing commercially for salmon.

Starting in 1991 Dr. Fields started working as the Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, during a period which saw the completion of the series from Oxford University Press publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls, called "Discoveries in the Judaean Desert". This encyclopedic series is now complete with 32 volumes.

Dr. Fields current work includes writing the Full History of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Published by Brill). Since 1999 he has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and the United States in order to interview everyone from the first generation of scholars then alive, including those who discovered scrolls in the 1950's or were the first to examine and reconstruct them. As a result of these personal meetings he has amassed a large and diverse collection of personal letters, papers, and archives related to the first scrolls scholars, especially the famous Qumran Cave 4 Team.

Dr. Fields also runs the Dead Sea Scrolls Publications, an organization that helps museums wishing to borrow the Dead Sea Scrolls for exhibits. 

Books by Dr.Weston Fields

Dead Sea Scrolls

- A Full History, vol 1

The history of the discovery of the scrolls is full of intrigue and mystery. Follow this breath-taking journey with colorful characters as the Dead Sea Scrolls are first discovered and then fall into different hands during the Israeli war of independence and afterwards.

Dead Sea Scrolls

- A short history

A brief introduction to the story of how the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, what has happened with them since, and where they are now. This best-seller is a favorite at museums where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited.
Unformed and Unfilled

- A critique of the gap theory

This textual study of the beginning of Genesis considers whether there is any biblical support for the Gap Theory (also known as Gap creationism). Dr. Fields concludes that the original Hebrew language does not support such an interpretation.