Postgraduate Course: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls (BIST11020)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Seminar participation and debate in Week 10 (20%);
4000 word essay on a suggested topic (80%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have acquired a sound knowledge of the contribution of the scrolls to the study of the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity.
- Have learned to distinguish and read various types of writings found in the corpus of Qumran Scrolls.
- Have gained an appreciation of the complexities of issues relating to the textual transmission and canon of the Hebrew Bible.
- Become competent in discussing the identification of the Qumran-Essene community, the archaeological site of Khirbet Qumran and Jewish sectarianism.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||The Dead Sea Scrolls,Qumran,Essenes
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Lim
Tel: (0131 6)50 8919
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227