UCLA Summer 2011 Course: Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism with Dr. Robert R. Cargill

Course: Jewish Studies 170: Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism
Instructor: Dr. Robert R. Cargill, UCLA
Date: Summer 2011, Block A (June 20 – July 29, 2011)
Time: MW – 12:00 to 2:15 pm
Room: Public Affairs 2270

Qumran Tower

The Reconstructed Tower at Qumran, facing southeast

Course Description:
This 4-unit course introduces the Dead Sea Scrolls and their relationship with early Jewish movements. The course will include extensive reading of the Scrolls in English translation (with discussion of some key Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words), an examination of the archaeology of the site of Qumran, and a survey of the broader sociopolitical context of Second Temple Judaism (586 BCE – 135 CE) out of which the scrolls emerged. The history of the discovery of the scrolls will be discussed, as will the interpretative methods used by scholars studying the scrolls over the past 60 years. The class will explore issues of Jewish sectarianism, canon and “scripture,” the role of the Temple, the place of the Torah, the re-writing of texts, interpretation of prophecy, messianic expectation(s), liturgy, and will compare and contrast the text of the scrolls with early Christian and Rabbinic texts.

The course makes extensive use of virtual reconstructions of the archaeological site of Qumran and digitized texts. Each lecture will be video cast on iTunes U and exams are taken online via CCLE/Moodle.

Please contact Prof. Robert R. Cargill at cargill@humnet.ucla.edu for more info.

Click here for a .pdf flier of the course. Click here for the registrar’s course information.

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9 Responses

  1. Bob,
    What is the required reading list?

  2. “The history of the discovery of the scrolls will be discussed, as will the interpretative methods used by scholars studying the scrolls over the past 60 years.”

    Will you cover Norman Golb’s theory of the Jerusalem origin of the scrolls? What puzzles me is why he has not taken this further.

  3. I’ve been lamenting the end of the Jerusalem class; then today I opened this post. Couldn’t read fast enough, looking for the words “iTunes U”. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making your classes available to those of us who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in these studies. I’ve learned so much, and I really feel privileged to be able to access your courses online. You made my day!

  4. it’s on the syllabus. i’ll all the standard stuff, but you can find much of it at virtualqumran.com.

  5. of course. why wouldn’t i?

  6. thanx! happy you find them useful.

  7. New Orleans anxiously awaiting the first iTunes post. Also wondering about the reading list… Wish I could have heard you and my old friend John Wilson at the Pepperdine conference. . .

  8. sorry judy, but we cancelled this class. i’m having a baby and moving to iowa this summer.

  9. Oh, nooooooo! I had my pencils sharpened and my notebook open! I knew about MacLaren and Iowa, of course, but thought maybe the move was later in the summer. Am seriously disappointed, but I wish you all the best. Hope Iowa is set up so that you can continue to use iTunes U for future courses.

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