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Undergraduate Course: The Dead Sea Scrolls (BIST10048)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDetailed study of aspects of the Qumran community, the biblical texts from the eleven caves, and relationship to the beginnings of Christianity.
Course description Academic Description:
This course will introduce you to what has often been hailed as the greatest ancient manuscript find of the 20th century. Starting from the very beginning, it will give you all the background information that you need in order to understand the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The topics covered in the eleven week period will include three main areas: a) the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament; b) sectarianism in the Second Temple Judaism; and c) the Early Church and the New Testament.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course will be taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, during which time students will be able to engage with the primary sources of the scrolls as well as scholarly discussion of various issues.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least three Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate they have acquired a sound knowledge of the contribution of the scrolls to the study of the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity.
  2. Have learned to distinguish and read various types of writings found in the corpus of Qumran Scrolls.
  3. Have gained an appreciation of the complexities of issues relating to the textual transmission and canon of the Hebrew Bible.
  4. Become competent in discussing the identification of the Qumran-Essene community, the archaeological site of Khirbet Qumran and Jewish sectarianism.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills - Independence of mind and initiative
- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
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Course organiserProf Timothy Lim
Tel: (0131 6)50 8919
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