Dead Sea Scrolls (THE2119)

30 credits

This option module will introduce and analyse the Dead Sea Scrolls, in English, discussing various genres such as Rewritten Bible, Apocalyptic, Communal Texts, Liturgy, Magic and Pesharim, with attention to authorship, context and significance for the origins of Judaism and Christianity. It will comprise weekly two-hour classes and one-hour seminars, with lecture material and guided discussion, the presentation of various primary sources with secondary analysis, and the regular provision of written handouts. Formative feedback is provided in class and in tutorials. Students will be expected to read at least one chapter from a secondary source in preparation for each class.