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 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 Hebrew Bible 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 has divided his time between scholarship and helping oversee a family business on Kodiak Island, fishing commercially for salmon.
Starting in 1991 Dr. Fields has been 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 40 volumes.
Dr. Fields’ current work includes writing The Dead Sea Scrolls, a Full History (Vol. 1, Brill; Vols. 2-3 forthcoming). 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 directs Dead Sea Scrolls Publications, an organization that helps museums wishing to borrow the Dead Sea Scrolls for exhibits.