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BIBS218 Judaism in the Time of Jesus

An 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
Paper code BIBS218
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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36 100-level points
RELS 211, RELS 311, RELX 211, RELX 311, BIBS 318
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student with an interest in the origins of Judaism and Christianity.
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Reverend Dr James Harding
Paper Structure
Lectures, teaching day and videoconferences.
  • Summaries of three readings (20%)
  • One 1500-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.
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 e-reserve and Blackboard. A Course Book also exists for this course.
Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 218
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, environmental literacy, information literacy, self-motivation, teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students 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

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system