This course investigates the discovery of the Dead Sea
Scrolls in the late 1940s and the subsequent events
surrounding their acquisition and scholarly evaluation.
The archaeological excavation of the Qumran site, the
implication of the findings for the understanding of the
community that populated it, and the texts associated
with it are explored as well. The importance of the
scrolls for the text, critical study of the Old
Testament, and the history of Judaism at the time of
Jesus are considered, and various interpretations of the
identity of the Qumran sectarians are evaluated.
Prerequisite: completion of a 300-level UBBL course or department approval