John Strugnell, professor of Christian origins at Harvard Divinity School, has been removed as chief editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls following publication of an interview in which he described himself as an "anti-Judaist" and characterized Judaism as "a horrible religion."
Peter Costa, a spokesman for Harvard, confirmed Strugnell's dismissal. He said that the scholar was in a hospital but could not disclose its name or Strugnell's treatment.
"I find the statements ascribed to Prof. Strugnell personally repugnant, and Harvard Divinity School in no way shares his views," said Mark Edwards, acting dean of the divinity school.
The interview with Strugnell was conducted by Israeli journalist Avi Katzman Oct. 28 at the scholar's room at the Ecole Biblique et Archaeologique Francaise in East Jerusalem. Katzman said it was given on the condition that it be printed both in Ha-Aretz, the Hebrew newspaper for which he writes, and in an English-language publication. The Hebrew version appeared in Ha-Aretz Nov. 9. The English version will be published in the January/February edition of the Biblical Archaeology Review, a Washington-based periodical that has denounced the more than 30 years of delays in the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.