Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE HBW2010

 
TITLE Readings in Hebrew: Dead Sea Scrolls

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers an introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls through the reading of select passages from the Scrolls in Hebrew. Lectures will explore key features of this textual corpus as well as its significance for the study of ancient Judaism and the Hebrew Bible. In addition to providing an overview on what's been hailed as "one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century," this study-unit exposes students to the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and to literary genres which are not attested in the Hebrew Bible. Since the Hebrew of the Scrolls is unvocalized, students will also be trained to decipher, vocalize, and read unpointed Hebrew texts, a most effective exercise that will help students master their Hebrew grammar.

Study-unit Aims:

- To offer an introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls and their significance for the study of ancient Judaism and the Hebrew Bible;
- To expose students to the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and to new literary forms or genres;
- To train students to read and translate unvocalized Hebrew texts, with a focus on the Dead Sea Scrolls;
- To train students to apply philological and historical-critical methods to the reading of ancient texts, with a focus on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Relate salient details regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls and their historical context;
- Discuss and demonstrate the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the study of ancient Judaism and the Hebrew Bible;
- Read and translate select passages from among the Dead Sea Scrolls;
- Distinguish and describe the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Read and translate unvocalized Hebrew texts;
- Apply philological and historical-critical methods to the reading of Hebrew texts;
- Use texts to reconstruct the socio-cultural, historical, and ideological contexts in which they were produced and read.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

General Introductions to the Dead Sea Scrolls:

Collins, J. J. 2010 Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Lim, T. H. and Collins, J. J. (eds.) 2010 The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schiffman, L. H. 2007 Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism, the Background of Christianity, the Lost Library of Qumran. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

VanderKam, J. C. and Flint, P. 2005 The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: their significance for understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity. London: T&T Clark.

Introductions to Specific Genres among the Dead Sea Scrolls:

Duhaime, J. 2004 The War Texts. London: T&T Clark.

Harrington, H. K. 2004 The Purity Texts. London: T&T Clark.

Hempel, C. 2000 The Damascus Texts. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Lim, T. H. 2002 Pesharim. London: Sheffield Academic Press.

Metso, S. 2007 The Serekh Texts. London: T&T Clark.

White Crawford, S. 2000 The Temple Scrolls and Related Texts. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Grammars:

Joüon, P., and Muraoka, T. 2006 A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Revised English edition. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico.

Lambdin, T. O. 1976 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd Ltd.

Qimron, E. 1986 The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Atlanta: Scholars Press.

Raymond, E. D. 2014 Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature.

Waltke, B. K. and O'Connor, M. 1990 An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Indiana: Eisenbrauns.

Weingreen, J. 1959 A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wilhelm, G. 2006 Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Edited and enlarged by E. Kautzch. Translated by A. E. Cowley. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

Dictionaries:

Koehler, L. and Baumgartner, W. 2001 The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. 2 vols. Translated and edited under the supervision of M. E. J. Richardson. Leiden: Brill.

English Translations:

Garcia Martinez, F. and Tigchelaar E. J. C. (eds.) 1997 The Dead Sea Scrolls: Study Edition. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill.

Vermes, G. (ed.) 2004 The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Revised edition. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite: Knowledge of biblical Hebrew

Pre-requisite Study-units: NES1002, NES1003

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
2 Assignments SEM2 Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Dennis Mizzi

 
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