Second Temple Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls - BS6101

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Professor

James WaddellAssociate Professor of Biblical Studies

This course is a survey of Jewish literature from the sixth century BCE to the first century CE. We will explore the cultural, literary, and historical contexts of the Pseudepigrapha (Enoch, Jubilees, etc.), the Apocrypha (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom Ben Sira, 1 & 2 Maccabees, etc.), philosophical works (Philo of Alexandria), and historiographical works (Flavius Josephus). We will also examine in some detail the community that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, its social development and contribution to the history of Jewish thought, as well as intertextual relationships with the documents in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.