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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2007

MES 381 • DEAD SEA SCROLLS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43200 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 224
LIEBOWITZ, H

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.

Grading Policy

Undergrad: Attend lectures, read assignments, participate in class, and take three exams. 3 exams: 35% 45% 20% Graduate: Attend lectures, read assignments, participate in class, take exams and write an original research paper. Three exams: 20% 20% 20%; research paper: 40%

Texts

Undergrad: L. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philadelphia and Jerusalem, Jewish Publication Society, 1996 / G. Vermes, The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Penguin, 1998. / J. Vanderkam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, Eerdmans, 1994. Graduate: The Galilee in Late Antiquity, Lee Levive, ed., New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1992 / Jews in a Graceo-Roman World, Martin ed., Oxford. / Course Packet / Assigned readings relevent to the research paper

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