UK College of Holistic Training, Creedwell House, 32 Creedwell Orchard
TAUNTON, TA4 1JY, U.K.
Total recommended period of study: 3 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
Cost: £185.00 (185 Pounds Sterling)
A FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. A course manual is also provided in PDF format.
Extra costs & shipping may apply for some non-
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments are based on the textbook. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.
This course, summarising some 50 years of research, provides a detailed account of the discovery and preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, their relationship to the Old and New Testaments and to apocryphal scriptures; the belief systems and culture of the Qumran group; and controversies and fringe theories surrounding the Scrolls. The set text provides new perspectives on interpreting the Biblical evidence. It provides clear explanations of the diversity of ancient scriptural and related texts and how the Scrolls have helped scholars revise their theories about the provenance and significance of the Biblical documents. The non-
The course will allow students to evaluate some of the sensationalist claims (including conspiracy theories) that have been made about the Scrolls in popular books, and to appreciate the Scrolls discoveries as important for the history of religion and for understanding the people of ancient Israel and the development of early Christianity.
What you will learn about:
How the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
Archaeology of Qumran
The use of technology in Scrolls research including dating and preservation
Diversity of ancient Old Testament texts and how they compare with the Scrolls
Can the Scrolls help us understand how the books of the Bible came to be fixed as a canon?
The ancient religious writings (apocrypha and pseudepigrapha) that were not included in the standard Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
What the nonbiblical Scrolls tell us about Qumran
The laws and customs of Qumran society
The beliefs, apocalyptic mindset and identity of the Qumran community -
How the Dead Sea Scrolls authors interpreted the Bible
The relationship between the Scrolls and the New Testament
Some alternative or "fringe" interpretations of the Scrolls (Allegro, Thiering, and New Age views and the reactions of Scrolls scholars
Relevance of the Scrolls to the Book of Revelation
Controversies in Scrolls research
Entry criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for entry but the ability to study from university-
However some familiarity with the Old Testament or with Jewish history will be advantageous.
VanderKam, James and Flint, Peter. The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus and Christianity. London & New York, T & T Clark International, 2002. Reprinted by Harper, 2013.
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