The Dead Sea Scrolls : The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg Ph.D. New York University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.
In following the extraordinary story of how the scrolls were acquired and ultimately published - a story fully 40 years in its unfolding - you'll also explore an almost unlimited treasure trove of new facts and insights. Throughout the lectures, you'll learn about these and other topics: the only historical instance of the Jews ever forcibly converting a conquered people to Judaism; the rare stroke of scholarly fortune represented in the discovery of the first seven scrolls sealed in jars; and the extraordinary intrigue (sometimes spanning generations) that overlays the story of the scrolls.
At the heart of this series are the documents themselves. You'll spend a wealth of time reading parts of the actual scrolls in English translation, training your eye to uncover the salient religious practices and intriguing theological ideas expressed in these documents. By the conclusion of the final lecture, you'll have developed a newfound understanding and appreciation of an unprecedented historical find and its enduring influence on the way we think about - and talk about - ancient Judaism and Christianity.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


Audible Editor Reviews

The Dead Sea Scrolls is a historical audiobook by The Great Courses in their Comparative & World Religion Series and is narrated by leader in Jewish Studies, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg. This was one of the most significant archaeological finds in human history. The Dead Sea Scrolls' discovery and translation has provided profound insight into the history of ancient Judaism, Christianity and the way of life for ancient civilisations. In these 24 lectures, listeners are given unprecedented knowledge of everything the discovery of these scrolls has come to mean to our understanding of ancient times. Available now from Audible.


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Excellent: Much More Than The Dead Sea Scrolls

I had some misgivings about a whole lecture course on the Dead Sea Scrolls but my concerns were unfounded. A significant amount of the course involves very clear presentations of relevant parts of ancient history, a discussion of ancient Jewish sects etc -- which I found very helpful and very interesting even though I had encountered most of the material before in previous courses I have listened to. Professor Rendsburg is clearly deeply fascinated by and enthusiastic about the Dead Sea Scrolls and this comes through very clearly. The presentation is peppered with personal anecdotes which worked well for me in making this topic accessible. The course interweaves background, archeological information and historical background with detailed discussions of specific scrolls, and this back-and-forth kept my interest level very high. I found the course compelling and fascinating and recommend it highly. As for all of the Great Courses, I recommend looking at the Great Courses web site which contains more detail on course content including titles of each lecture -- and additional reviews.
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- Jonathan

Dead Sea Scrolls

Fascinating- thank you
Complicated matter explained by someone much involved but seemingly unbiased. Nicely narrated too.
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- Clare J Fowler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses