The Mysteries of an Ancient Library: Surprising Lessons from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Date: Jan 13, 2021 - Jan 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning

Category: Online Learning

Surprising Lessons from the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. David Kraemer

Wednesdays Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3, 10, 17
7:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Most people have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and many have even seen the fragments on display at the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. But what do we actually know about their creation and contents? And beyond revealing the ideas of particular Jewish sect, does this ancient library have any relevance to us today? Examining both the library as a whole and outstanding individual texts, we will explore the ways the Qumran library deepens our appreciation of the diversity of Judaism in the century before the Rabbis and Jesus.

All primary source readings will be taken from The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English: Seventh Edition (Penguin Classics) by Geza Vermes. Please obtain a copy prior to the second class session. While the 7th edition is preferred, any edition can be used. Copies are widely available on new and used online used book sites; we encourage support of local bookstores and suggest inquiring at your local library.   

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$180 for six sessions

Dr. David Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics.