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Fully Accredited Dead Sea Scrolls Online Course

April 14, 2010

If you go to a College or University that does not have a Dead Sea Scrolls course, but it is a subject you would like to incorporate into your historical or biblical studies training, then this might just be the perfect course for you.

This summer during the month of June, Trinity Western University will be running their annual Dead Sea Scrolls summer session course online. Trinity Western University is a place of rigorous academic scholarship with of one of the most dynamic Biblical Studies departments in North America. It is very likely that the credits from this course would transfer to your own program as many schools allow up to 12 credits to be transferred from other institutions.

RELS 320 Dead Sea Scrolls (3 sem. hrs.)

This course covers the main aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls–the texts and major critical issues– and explores their relevance for interpretation of the Old Testament, and background to the New Testament.

It begins with the discovery, general contents, and publication of the Scrolls. It then features modern scientific technologies used in Scrolls Research, and the history and Jewish groups of the Second Temple period. The course then investigates the text and canon of the Hebrew Bible, and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in light of the Scrolls. The final part covers the history and beliefs of the Essenes, and their interpretation of Scripture as evidenced in key non-biblical Scrolls. Several major scrolls will be studied, and recently published scrolls will be evaluated.

Course Professor:

Peter W. Flint PhD, Canada Research Chair of the Dead Sea Scrolls; Director, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute; Professor of Religious Studies

Department: FHSS; School of Graduate Studies, Biblical Studies; Religious Studies; MA Biblical Studies

Area of Expertise: Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; Biblical interpretation; Dead Sea Scrolls; Greek, Hebrew, and Semitic Languages; Isaiah, Psalms, Daniel; Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Septuagint; Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Education: B.A. (Witwatersrand); B.A. (Hon.)(Witwatersrand); M.A. (South Africa); M.A. (Notre Dame); PhD (Notre Dame)

Notable achievements and experiences

  • Best book relating to the Hebrew Bible for The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Peter Flint and James C. Vanderkam), from the Biblical Archeology Society, Washington, D.C.

Other Resources

Trinity Western’s Dead Sea Scrolls Online Course Page.

Dr. Flint also has his own web page In conjunction with Dr. Martin Abegg, Dr. Flint directs the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute.

Don’t hesitate to contact an admissions counsellor if you have any questions. They are there to help you!

If anyone is interested in seeing a syllabus or has further questions please feel free to email me. The contact information is at the top of the page.

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