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Fall 2005

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30415 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 220
Liebowitz

Course Description

The Dead Sea Scrolls, accidentally discovered by Bedouin in 1947 in caves near Qumran in the Judean Desert, represent one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. These scrolls have significantly enriched our knowledge of the Bible, early Rabbinic Judaism, Sectarian Jewish life and the origins of Christian thought. Topics to include: 1. The discovery and significance of the Scrolls 2. The archaeology of Qumran, Muraba'at and Masada; the material used for writing the scrolls; and the scripts 3. Contribution of the Scrolls to Biblical Studies I 4. Contribution to the Scrolls to Biblical Studies II 5. Dead Sea Scrolls and the Greek version of the Bible 6. The Aprocryphal literature 7. Sectarian Commentaries: Pesher Habbakuk 8. Sectarian Documents: The Temple Scroll 9. Sectarian Documents: The Damascus Document 10. The Halakha of the Dead Sea Scrolls 11. The Aggadah (Legend and Lore) of the Dead Sea Scrolls 12. Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes 13. Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity 14. Towards identification of the population of Qumran Grading Term Paper: 15% Class Participation: 5% Mid-term Exam: 35% Final Exam: 35%

Texts

Schiffman, L., Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls Vermes, G., The Dead Sea Scrolls in English Eisenman, R. and Wise, M., The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered

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