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Fall 2012-2013
* REL 340 / JDS 340 (HA)   No Audit

Ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Martha Himmelfarb

This course studies the history of Judaism in ancient Palestine from the emergence of the Torah as an authoritative document under Persian rule in the middle of the fifth century BCE through the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, with an emphasis on the critical reading of primary sources. Much of the second half of the course is devoted to the Dead Sea Scrolls and their implications for our understanding of ancient Judaism.

Sample reading list:
Wisdom of Joshua ben Sira
Garcia Martinez and Tigchelaar, The Dead Sea Scrolls
George Nickelsburg and James Vanderkam, 1 Enoch
1 and 2 Maccabees
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Varies depending on difficulty of sources; readings from primary sources require close attention, but are not lengthy.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22640 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled