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James Waddell, Ph.D. is teaching Second Temple #Judaism and Dead Sea #Scrolls class this Winter.
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Second Temple Judaism & the Dead Sea Scrolls Winter term 2018, Live online The Dead Sea Scrolls have captivated popular interest and imagination since the first discovery in 1947. A small group of dissident priests buried the scrolls in caves by the Dead Sea in the year 68 CE to protect them from destruction by an advancing Roman army.


This course is a survey of Jewish literature from the sixth century BCE to the first century CE. We will read 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 its contribution to the history of Jewish thought. This course emphasizes reading and discussing the primary sources, rather than secondary literature. We will give special critical attention to the historical contexts in which these documents were
composed, their diverse literary forms, and their importance for understanding the development of Jewish intellectual traditions. We will also explore the intertextual relationships of these texts with documents of the Hebrew Bible (OT) and the New Testament.

For more information contact . . .
James Waddell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
[email protected]