The Dead Sea Scrolls : The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg Ph.D. New York University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.
In following the extraordinary story of how the scrolls were acquired and ultimately published - a story fully 40 years in its unfolding - you'll also explore an almost unlimited treasure trove of new facts and insights. Throughout the lectures, you'll learn about these and other topics: the only historical instance of the Jews ever forcibly converting a conquered people to Judaism; the rare stroke of scholarly fortune represented in the discovery of the first seven scrolls sealed in jars; and the extraordinary intrigue (sometimes spanning generations) that overlays the story of the scrolls.
At the heart of this series are the documents themselves. You'll spend a wealth of time reading parts of the actual scrolls in English translation, training your eye to uncover the salient religious practices and intriguing theological ideas expressed in these documents. By the conclusion of the final lecture, you'll have developed a newfound understanding and appreciation of an unprecedented historical find and its enduring influence on the way we think about - and talk about - ancient Judaism and Christianity.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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What made the experience of listening to The Dead Sea Scrolls the most enjoyable?

I loved this series. The professor was most engaging and presented the information in a very clear and helpful manner. Would love to hear more from him on the DSS's.

What other book might you compare The Dead Sea Scrolls to, and why?

I loved all of Prof Flusser's books - they had some relation to the issues presented here.

Also liked 'Understanding the DSS' editor Herschel Shanks.

What does Professor Gary A. Rendsburg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Able to take in while commuting!

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- Paul F. Herring

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses