|The Dead Sea Scrolls (Wed. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in the 1940s but many of them have only been published in the past 10 years. We thus live in an exciting time in which we have new opportunities to learn not only about the scrolls and the ancient Jewish sect that produced them, but also what they teach us about the nature of Judaism in the second and first centuries BCE. The Judaism of this period is the cultural matrix out of which both Christianity and rabbinic Judaism emerged. Topics that will be covered will include: apocalyptic thought and messianic speculation in ancient Judaism, how the Dead Sea Scrolls shed light on the development of the Bible, and the sect that produced some of the scrolls.
Suggested Reading: Michael Wise, Martin Abegg and Edward Cook, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation.