The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Impact

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Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Impact

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
(2 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Why are we so fascinated by the Dead Sea Scrolls?

In the mid-twentieth century, several Bedouin shepherds happened upon ancient scrolls housed in a cave. These documents, called the Dead Sea Scrolls, are often considered the most important manuscript discovery of the modern era. A veil of mystery, however, shrouds these ancient scrolls.

In this 12-lecture series, you will join one of the world’s leading experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls in a fascinating journey through the history and significance of these astounding documents. You will gain a solid understanding of what the scrolls actually are and of the community associated with them.

You will begin with the discovery of the manuscripts in eleven caves near the remains of Khirbet Qumran, a place where the people who possessed the scrolls attempted to live by the teaching

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Why are we so fascinated by the Dead Sea Scrolls?

In the mid-twentieth century, several Bedouin shepherds happened upon ancient scrolls housed in a cave. These documents, called the Dead Sea Scrolls, are often considered the most important manuscript discovery of the modern era. A veil of mystery, however, shrouds these ancient scrolls.

In this 12-lecture series, you will join one of the world’s leading experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls in a fascinating journey through the history and significance of these astounding documents. You will gain a solid understanding of what the scrolls actually are and of the community associated with them.

You will begin with the discovery of the manuscripts in eleven caves near the remains of Khirbet Qumran, a place where the people who possessed the scrolls attempted to live by the teachings in them. You will survey the physical layout and the archaeology of Qumran while learning about its history and the identity of the people who used it.

Next, you will explore the hundreds of scrolls, examining their meaning and implications for the texts of the books now in the Old Testament. Learning about the scrolls will also aid in understanding the New Testament; as they were written during the time of Jesus, they allow you to appreciate more fully the world in which He and His first followers lived.

You cannot ask for a better guide on this journey. Prof. James VanderKam was part of the groundbreaking team that prepared the Dead Sea Scrolls for publication. The John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, he wrote the award-winning book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994) and edited thirteen volumes in the official series on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert.

This is a must-have course for anyone wishing to learn more about the Old Testament, the historical Jesus, and biblical history.

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Prof. James VanderKam, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. From 1976–1991, he taught in the Department of Religion at North Carolina State University. As a member of the editorial committee that prepared the scrolls for publication, he has edited thirteen volumes in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. He is one of the editors-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000). He is also the author of the award-winning book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994), which has been translated into six languages.
Prof. VanderKam’s other books include An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001), The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002), From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile (2004), and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (2012). He has also edited seven volumes of essays and published some 150 articles. He served for six years as the general editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Praise for James VanderKam
“James VanderKam is an exemplary scholar of unparalleled erudition and philological expertise … VanderKam has transformed the reception of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the English speaking world through his teaching, research, and by mentoring of a new generations of scholars. His scholarship and precision are at once accessible and nuanced.” – Hindy Najman, Yale University
 “James VanderKam is a prolific and internationally acclaimed expert in early Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anyone interested in the Scrolls can be confident that what Prof. Vanderkam has to say about them will be lucid, reliable, fascinating and informed by years of committed study and research.” –  William Adler, North Carolina State University
“Prof. James VanderKam is one of the world’s leading experts in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the wider field of Second Temple Judaism.”– Prof. John P. Meier, University of Notre Dame
“His scholarship is on the highest level yet he presents it clearly and interestingly.” – Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University
“There is no more informed, trustworthy, and balanced guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls than James VanderKam.” – Eugene Ulrich, University of Notre Dame
“James VanderKam has been at the forefront of the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls for more than twenty years. He is universally respected for his dispassionate, scholarly approach. There is no better guide to the Scrolls than VanderKam.”– John Collins, Yale University

  • Introduction and the First Discoveries
  • Subsequent Discoveries
  • Archaeology of the Ruins at Qumran
  • Overview and Classification of the Scrolls
  • The People of the Scrolls and Their Community
  • The Biblical Scrolls
  • Biblical Interpretation in the Scrolls
  • The Development of a Bible
  • Early Jewish Groups as Reflected in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Matters of the Law of Moses in the Scrolls
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospels
  • The Scrolls and Other Parts of the New Testament

2 reviews for The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Impact

  1. Paul

    Great insights

    Dead Sea Scrolls has given me a true understanding of Essenes or Qumran community.

  2. Dr Gabriele M., Western Australia

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    The Dead Sea Scrolls combine lecturing including fact sheets, the digital presentation of historical maps and photos and excellent speakers presentation. We sit together as a family (with 2 children 15 and 17) and watch one lecture at a time together on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s. It is a source of religious historical knowledge and intellectual stimulation. Our children are fascinated (and so are we).

    Thank you and God bless

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