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BIBS318 Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced)

An advanced overview of the history and literature of Judaism from Alexander the Great to the fall of Masada (332 BCE - 74 CE), focusing particularly on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

This paper covers the history and literature of Judaism in the last centuries before the fall of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. It is an essential introduction to the background of the two major religious traditions to come out of this period, Judaism and Christianity.

Paper title Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced)
Paper code BIBS318
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
Restriction
RELS 211, RELS 311, RELX 211, RELX 311, BIBS 218
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student with an interest in the background to Judaism and Christianity.
Contact
james.harding@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Reverend Dr James Harding
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • Summaries of three readings (20%)
  • One 1,500-word essay (20%)
  • One three-hour examination (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Two 1-hour lectures each week.

Distance: Teaching day plus three 2-hour videoconferences.
Distance students participate in the class via a desktop videoconferencing programme called Zoom (available free of charge). Classes are recorded, and students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them later.
Textbooks
Shaye J. D. Cohen, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah (3rd ed.; Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2014).

Further readings and notes will be made available via eReserve and Blackboard.

A Course Book also exists for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 318
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
  • Acquired a broad overview of the history and literature of Judaism in the late Second Temple period
  • Gained a broad understanding of the Jewish context in which Jesus lived and early Christianity emerged
  • Gained finesse with the critical skills needed to weigh evidence and analyse arguments offered by scholars working on early Judaism
  • Become familiar with the sources and methods within this field of study

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An advanced overview of the history and literature of Judaism from Alexander the Great to the fall of Masada (332 BCE - 74 CE), focusing particularly on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The history and literature of early Judaism from Alexander the Great to the Bar Kochba Revolt (332 BCE-135 CE), focusing particularly on the Dead Sea Scrolls. This paper covers the history and literature of Judaism in the last centuries before the fall of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. It is an essential introduction to the background of the two major religious traditions to come out of this period, Judaism and Christianity.

Paper title Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced)
Paper code BIBS318
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
Restriction
RELS 211, RELS 311, RELX 211, RELX 311, BIBS 218
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Teaching staff
Reverend Dr James Harding
Paper Structure
Lectures, teaching day and videoconferences.Assessment:
  • Summaries of three readings (20%)
  • One 1,500-word essay (20%)
  • One three-hour examination (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: 26 x 1-hour lectures.Distance: Teaching day plus four 2-hour videoconferences.Distance students participate in the class via a desk-top videoconferencing programme called Zoom (available free of charge). Classes are recorded, and students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them later.
Textbooks
Shaye J. D. Cohen, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah (3rd ed.; Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2014).

Further readings and notes will be made available via eReserve and Blackboard.

A Course Book also exists for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 318
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
  • Acquired a broad overview of the history and literature of Judaism in the late Second Temple period
  • Gained a broad understanding of the Jewish context in which Jesus lived and early Christianity emerged
  • Gained finesse with the critical skills needed to weigh evidence and analyse arguments offered by scholars working on early Judaism
  • Become familiar with the sources and methods within this field of study
Eligibility
Any student with an interest in the background to Judaism and Christianity.
Contact
james.harding@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-20:50 30

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28, 31-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28, 31-34, 36-41