B451 -- Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

3 Units

5 CEUs

Course Outline

I. Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

II. The Manuscripts

III. Who Were the Inhabitants?

IV. The Scrolls and the Old Testament

V. The Scrolls and the New Testament

B451 -- Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Purpose: The purpose of this course is the introduce the student to the phenomenon known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Where did they come from? Who were the people who wrote them? What do they mean for modern Biblical interpretation? These are just a few of the questions we will attempt to investigate in this short study.

Course Requirements: To accomplish the above mentioned goal the student will be required to read sections of the textbooks listed below as well as the lectures and appendixes attached to this syllabus. Then the student will be required to answer, in essay form, the questions found at the end of the lectures.

Time Requirements: B451 -- Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls is designed to be completed in one quarter.


James C. VanderKam. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Martin Abegg, et al., The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible. San Francisco: HarperSanFranciso. 1999.

Florention Garcia-Martinez, The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition, 2 Volumes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1999.

F. Garcia-Martinez. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Lawrence H. Schiffman. Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society, 1994.

Books may be purchased through The Campus Bookstore.

Both Sections Below Must Be Completed:

Lectures and Assigned Reading

Essay Questions