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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||Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$929.55|
|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
Campus: 26 x 1-hour lectures.
Distance: 4 x 2-hour videoconferences spaced throughout the semester, plus one teaching day via Zoom. Distance students participate in the class via a videoconferencing programme called Zoom (available free of charge). Videoconferences are recorded, and students who are unable to join 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 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