MES 381 • DEAD SEA SCROLLS
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
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.
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%
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