For almost seventy years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has influenced significantly our understanding of Second Temple Judaism, the formation of the Bible, and the origins of the religious movements of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. This course presents an in-depth study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to understand better the development of law, interpretation, ritual, messianism, apocalypticism, and prayer in the late Second Temple period. This course will include discussion of the archaeology of the Qumran community, textual production and transmission in antiquity, scribal practices in antiquity, and pseudonymous authorship.
• Davies, Philip R., George J. Brooke, and Phillip R. Callaway. The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Revised Edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002. ABBREVIATED AS DBC IN COURSE SCHEDULE
• Vermes, Geza, trans.. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Revised Edition. London: Penguin, 2011. ABBREVIATED AS VERMES IN COURSE SCHEDULE
• Bible (any modern – not King James – translation is ok). Students are welcome to purchase Coogan, Michael D. et al., eds. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Fourth Edition, New Revised Standard Version, College Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. This edition is available for purchase at the Co-°©‐Op.
• Selected readings available through Blackboard. Students are required to bring a print copy of Vermes and/or the Bible to class on days on which we will be discussing selections from these works. Reading texts on a smartphone or other such small-°©‐screen device is not an acceptable way to engage ancient texts for the purposes of this class. DBC and Vermes are on reserve at the Perry-°©‐Castañeda Library.
Class attendance and participation 10%
Quality of mid‐term test 20%
Quality of two 3–4 page papers 40%
Quality of final examination 30%