The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judean desert a little over half a century ago has been celebrated as the most significant manuscript discovery of the twentieth century. It would be difficult to overestimate the significance of the discovery: the Scrolls include the oldest existing biblical manuscripts; they provide invaluable information about the varieties of Judaism at the turn of the era; and they have added dramatically to our understanding of the rise of rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity. In this class we will study the fascinating history of the discovery and publication of the Scrolls. We will read the most important Scrolls, learn about the beliefs and practices of the Jewish group that authored them, and discuss what we can learn from the Scrolls about early Judaism.

Course Details


Schedule: Jan. 7-March 25, 2019 (skip dates: Jan. 14 and March 11; one additional class to be scheduled)

Days: Mondays

Time: 6:15-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Matthias Henze

Classroom: ACC TBD

Do you crave intellectual challenge at a world-class university? Are you ready to learn new ideas, explore new worlds and meet others as part of the same expedition? Join us for an upcoming Master of Liberal Studies information session and learn about the program while meeting program administrators, faculty and alumni. We will provide an overview of the program and admissions process and answer questions. We offer online and face-to-face sessions.



This course is a part of our Graduate Liberal Studies programs. Participation requires acceptance to the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree program. MLS is tailored toward working adults, retirees and other non-traditional university students who wish to broaden their knowledge in fields they may not have studied in their earlier education.


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