THEO 5585 Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls (Spring: 3 )
The discovery of nearly 800 manuscripts stashed in 11 caves near the Dead Sea and a ruined settlement and large cemetery nearby is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century. This course will explore the relation between the texts, settlement, and cemetery, and introduce students to the basic problems in interpreting these artifacts. Our primary focus, however, will be on the texts, many of which are contemporaneous with those of early Christian literature and shed light upon ideas in the New Testament about the Messiah, law, and God's actions in history on behalf of the righteous.
Instructor(s): Yonder Gillihan
Last Updated: 03-Apr-14