The Dead Sea
Scrolls, a cache of over 800 manuscripts dating from 250 B.C.E.
to 68 C.E., were discovered in caves along the Dead Sea
in 1947-1956. They represent one of the greatest manuscript finds of the
twentieth century. How we approach the cache in this course will be determined
by the students. Possible questions we might address include the following:
How do the manuscripts challenge our views of early Judaism and Christianity?
How do you reconstruct a community from literary and archaeological remains?
How did/does the political situation in Israel impact the discovery and
discussion of the scrolls? How do contemporary religious beliefs bias readings
of the scrolls? This is not a class about conclusions, but about evidence
and open questions; it is less about answers than about the process of reaching
How to Use this
at the left guide you to course resources. Use them to access directions, schedules, research tools and grades throughout the quarter, as needed. The Class Prep pages provide introductions to each day's readings and questions you will be expected to prepare in advance of each class, along with exercises that will reinforce in-class work and prepare you for quizzes and exams.