Universität Wien

060003 SE The Dead Sea Scrolls (2024S)

Continuous assessment of course work
We 17.04. 15:00-16:45 Digital


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Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.03. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 13.03. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 20.03. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 10.04. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 08.05. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 15.05. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 22.05. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 29.05. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 05.06. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 19.06. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital
Wednesday 26.06. 15:00 - 16:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important manuscript finds ever. They provide new insights in ancient Jewish literature from Hellenistic times - a literature was lost for millenia. The Dead Sea Scrolls document thus a period in the cultural history of Judaism in which the roots of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity grew. Accordingly, the topics of law/halakha and eschatology/messianism play a crucial role in many of them.

In this class, selected manuscripts from the Qumran library will be read in the original language and interpreted. Some manuscripts will be read based on photographs of the original manuscripts.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation, final term paper, active and regular partipation as well as thoroughly prepared translations of the Hebrew texts.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In this class, we will read selected Dead Sea Scrolls in the original Hebrew and interpret them. Some of these Dead Sea Scrolls we will read based on photographs of the manuscripts themselves.

Examination topics

You should demonstrate your ability to read and interpret Qumran texts in the original language in the context of the history of ancient Judaism.

Reading list

E. Lohse, ed., Die Texte aus Qumran: Hebräisch und Deutsch, 1981
D.W. Parry und E. Tov, edd., The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, 1. Aufl. Bd. 1-6, 2004-2005; 2. Aufl. Bd. 1-2, 2014
A. Steudel, ed., Die Texte aus Qumran II: Hebräisch/Aramäisch und Deutsch, Darmstadt 2001
E. Ulrich, The Biblical Qumran Scrolls, 2010
J.C. VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, 2010
J. C. VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible, 2012

Association in the course directory

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