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Postgraduate Course: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls (BIST11020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to introduce postgraduate students to the Dead Sea Scrolls by a study of how they have contributed to our understanding of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Judaism, and Early 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 would 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-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 159 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% - Lecture Preparation
20% - Seminar Participation
60% - Essay (3000 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsThe Dead Sea Scrolls,Qumran,Essenes
Course organiserProf Timothy Lim
Tel: (0131 6)50 8919
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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