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). It is an essential introduction to the background of the two major religious traditions to come out of this historical period, Judaism and Christianity.
|Paper title||Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced)|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2
Semester 2 (Distance learning)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
- BIBS 218, RELS 211, RELS 311, RELX 211, RELX 311
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Any student with an interest in the background to Judaism and Christianity.
- More information link
- View more information on the Theology website: www.otago.ac.nz/theology
- Teaching staff
- Reverend Dr James Harding
- Paper Structure
Lectures, teaching day and videoconferences. Assessment:
- Two 1500-word essays (20% each)
- One three-hour examination (60%)
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.
Campus: One two-hour lecture per week.
Distance: Seven two-hour videoconferences on Zoom spaced throughout the Semester.
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.
- 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