THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
Syllabus ~ Fall, 2008
Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariel Simon email@example.com
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15PM, Silver Center, room 206
J. Magness, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
L. H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994; ppb. Garden City, NY: Anchor Doubleday, 1995.
J. C. VanderKam and P. Flint, The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Harper San Francisco, 2002.
G. Vermes, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Revised ed., London: Allen Lane, Penguin, 2004.
Excerpts from L. H. Schiffman, ed., Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1998, will be distributed.
Students are expected to come to class and do the reading regularly. Attendance will be taken and students are permitted only two unexcused absences. Occasional unannounced quizzes based on the reading assignments will be given during the first part of class.
Students will write a 10-12 page footnoted research paper. The teaching assistant, Ariel Simon, will be available for help and advice on these papers. Note the scheduling of a special section with a teaching assistant to help prepare you for the writing of the papers.
Due dates for progress on the paper are as follows:
Tuesday September 16th – Optional session: “Expectations for a History Paper” 8:00- 9:00PM/ Location TBA
Tuesday September 16th --Topic
Thursday, October 2nd -- Preliminary Bibliography
Tuesday October 30th -- Full Outline with Argument/Thesis
Tuesday, November 25th -- Paper Due
Late papers will be penalized and extensions will not be granted
All students must adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards. Any form of plagiarism or cheating will not be tolerated. Violators will be penalized in accordance with the policies established in the Bulletin of the College of Arts and Science (Pg. 370-371; http://www.nyu.edu/cas/Academic/bulletin0608.pdf).
Plagiarism includes presenting or paraphrasing a phrase, sentence, or passage of a published work (including material from the World-Wide Web) in a paper or exam answer without quotation marks and attribution of the source, submitting your own original work toward requirements in more than one class without the prior permission of the instructors, submitting a paper written by someone else, submitting as your own work any portion of a paper or research that you purchased from another person or commercial firm, and presenting in any other way the work, ideas, data, or words of someone else without attribution. (www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation/program/ongoing/plagiarism.htm)
Useful Dead Sea Scrolls Websites
Warning: websites other than those listed here may be totally misleading:
The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (http://orion.mscc.huji.ac.il/).
The Center for Online Judaic Studies (http://cojs/org) click on Dead Sea Scrolls at bottom right.
Students should consult the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2 vol.), L.H. Schiffman and J. C. VanderKam, Editors in Chief, Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. NYU Bobst REF ~ BM487 .E53 2000
Students are encouraged to make use of the NYU Writing Center:
411 Lafayette, 3rd Floor
Telephone: 212-998-8866 ~ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday, 11 am to 4 pm
Schedule an Appointment Online: www.rich15.com/nyu/
Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit
During this semester (Sept. 21-Jan. 4) the Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street) will be exhibiting “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World.” All students in our class are required to visit the exhibit, certify their having been there, and write a two-page “note” on the significance of an object exhibited there. Take your friends along as well!
For more information: http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/DeadSeaScrolls
Quizzes and Exhibit Report ~ 20%
Paper ~ 40%
Final Exam ~ 40%
The final exam will be given on Thursday, December 18th - 2:00PM-3:50PM in the Silver Center, room 206. All students must take the exam at this time.
Schedule of Sessions
Sept. 2: 1. Introduction
Sept. 4: 2. Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nova PBS Documentary
VanderKam and Flint, 3-33
Sept. 9: 3. Scholars, Scrolls and Scandals—The Controversy of the Dead Sea Scrolls—slide lecture
Sept. 11: 4. Archaeology of Qumran (slide lecture)
VanderKam and Flint, 34-84, 381-403
Magness, 73-105, 210-25
Sept. 16: 5. Origin of the Community: MMT (The Halakhic Letter) and the Sadducean Theory
Vermes, 127-138, 221-29
VanderKam and Flint, 209-38
Sept. 18: 6. Essene Hypothesis and Parallels
VanderKam and Flint, 239-54
Xerox: L. H. Schiffman, 275-84
Sept. 23: 7. The Sectarian Organization
Vermes, 26-45, 97-126
Sept. 25: 8. Women in the Scrolls
Vermes, 283 (hymn 17), 417-18
Sept. 30 NO CLASS
Oct. 2: 9. Theology and the Sect and the Sectarian Hymns
VanderKam and Flint, 255-74
Vermes, 67-90, 249-305
Oct. 7: 10. The Canon of the Hebrew Bible at Qumran
Schiffman, 161 - 169
VanderKam and Flint, 154-181
Oct. 9 and 14 NO CLASS
Oct. 16: 11. The Text of the Hebrew Bible at Qumran
VanderKam and Flint, 87-153
Oct. 21 NO CLASS
Oct. 23: 12. Apocryphal Texts from Qumran
VanderKam and Flint, 182-205
Vermes, 307-18, 539-613
Oct. 28: 13. Wisdom and Sapiential Texts
Oct. 30: 14. Biblical Interpretation in the Scrolls
VanderKam and Flint, 293-308
Nov. 4: 15. The Commentaries (Pesharim) and the History of the Qumran Sect
Vermes, 49-66, 497-536
VanderKam and Flint, 275-92
Nov. 6: 16. Messianism in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Jewish or Christian?
Schiffman, 317-27, 341-50
Nov. 11: 17. The Temple Scroll and the History of Jewish Law
Nov. 13: 18. Jewish Law in the Scrolls
Vermes, 138-58, 231-40, 497-9
Nov. 18: 19. Religious Life, Calendar and Liturgy
Nov. 20: 20. The Eschatological Community and the War Scroll
Vermes, 159-190, 387-90, 412-13, 614-22
Nov. 25: 22. Mysticism and Magic
Vermes, 329-39, 347-75, 451-4
Dec. 2: 23. The Scrolls, Early Christianity, and the New Testament
VanderKam and Flint, 311-78
Dec. 4: 24. Texts from Masada and the Bar Kokhba Caves
Xerox: L. H. Schiffman, Texts and Traditions, 464-469, 487-94, 722-24, 726
Dec. 9: Conclusion: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Judaism and Christianity
Dec. 11: Review Session