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Mobile Ed: AR305 The Dead Sea Scrolls (12 hour course)

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Get an in-depth look at the world of the Dead Sea Scrolls with this course by Dr. Andrew Perrin. You’ll learn about their discovery and the controversies surrounding their ownership and publication. You’ll gain insight into the Qumran community as Dr. Perrin provides historical background to help you understand how beliefs and practices of the group that wrote and preserved the Dead Sea Scrolls compares to other Jewish groups from the time of Jesus. You’ll see what insight the Scrolls can provide on the accuracy of the text of the Old Testament, the prevalence of other ancient Jewish writings, and the Second Temple context of early Christianity.

Upon successful completion you should be able to:
  • Describe several features of the Qumran archaeological site
  • Explain how the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls led to changes in modern translations in, for instance, Isa 53:11 and Psa 145:13
  • Identify the likely occupants of Qumran
  • Place the Qumranites in their historical context in the Second Temple period
  • Explain why there are no New Testament texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Describe some of the core beliefs and practices of the community at Qumran
  • Recognize four red flags for identifying forged Dead Sea Scroll fragments
  • Compare and contrast the “find stories” of Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi texts
  • Gain insight into Jesus’s and His disciples’ Jewish culture
  • Critically reflect on the impact of perspective when we assess ancient artifacts
  • Discuss the importance of the apocryphal and pseudepigraphic Dead Sea Scrolls for our understanding of the Bible and its context
  • Better understand what Luke meant when he said Mary “treasured these things in her heart”
  • Explain the work of ancient scribes, including how they interpreted authoritative texts
  • Describe the sad demise of the Qumran community


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • How to Read a Dead Sea Scroll

Unit 1: First Impressions: Lens of the Cave 1 Discoveries

  • Puzzle of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Backstory of the Bible through the Isaiah Scroll
  • Early Patterns of Biblical Commentary: Pesher Habakkuk
  • Retelling Scripture in the Genesis Apocryphon
  • Community Ideas and Identity in the Community Rule
  • Prayer and Praise in the Hodayot
  • Eschatological Outlook in the War Scroll

Unit 2: Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery: Modern Takes Blur Fact and Fiction

  • Introduction
  • Scrolls Obscured by Time and Legend
  • Minority Reports: Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Story That Stood the Test of Time
  • Nag Hammadi Texts
  • Qumran and Nag Hammadi: Shared Plots and Motifs
  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Finding the First Scrolls
  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Buying and Selling Scrolls
  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Scrolls on the Move
  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovering Move Caves
  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Publication and Ownership

Unit 3: Artifacts or Souvenirs? Forgeries in Modern Collections

  • Artifacts: Three Important Criteria
  • Inventories of So-Called Dead Sea Scroll Fragments
  • Red Flags for Identifying Forgeries: Biblical Text
  • Red Flags for Identifying Forgeries: Theological Passages
  • Red Flags for Identifying Forgeries: New Readings
  • Red Flags for Identifying Forgeries: A Flooded Market
  • Scribal Features of Suspicious Fragments

Unit 4: Second Temple History, Culture, and Politics

  • Why the Second Temple Period Matters for the Bible
  • What Is the Second Temple?
  • From Persian to Hellenistic Rule
  • Ptolemies and Seleucids
  • Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes
  • Maccabean Revolt
  • Hasmonean Dynasty
  • The Herodians and the Toppling of the Second Temple

Unit 5: Qumran Archaeology: Implications for Religious Thought, Practice

  • Setting the Context for Qumran Archaeology
  • Finding Qumran on a Map
  • Roland de Vaux’s Qumran Site Chronology: Phase 1
  • Roland de Vaux’s Qumran Site Chronology: Phases 2 and 3
  • Jodi Magness’s Revised Chronology
  • Digital Representations of Qumran Archaeology
  • Death, Cemetery, and Qumran Demographics
  • Privacy and Purity of Toilet Practices in Qumran

Unit 6: Qumran Identities: Jewish Groups, Movements, Demographics

  • Sources and Settings for Ancient Jewish Groups
  • Profile of Josephus
  • Profile of Philo of Alexandria
  • Jewish Groups in Pliny the Elder and the New Testament
  • Afterlife: Pharisees and Qumranites
  • Family Marriage Practices: Pharisees vs. Qumranites
  • Pharisaic Code Names in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Purity Practices Related to the Sadducees
  • Sadducees: Angelology and Scope of Scripture
  • Qumran Code Names for the Sadducees
  • Essene Connection: Geography
  • Essene Connection: Community Demographics
  • Essene Connection: Community Structures

Unit 7: Hallmark Items of Qumran Thought

  • Contours of Qumran Thought and Practice
  • Community Structure and Scriptural Past
  • Dualism and Community Hierarchy
  • Founding a Community, Focusing on a Calendar
  • Liturgy without the Temple
  • Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice
  • Apocalyptic Community
  • Patterns of Dualism in Key Sectarian Texts
  • Calendar and Torah Interpretation

Unit 8: Beyond Qumran: Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

  • What Are the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls?
  • Narrative Outlooks and Statistics
  • Apocalyptic Time in the Aramaic Four Kingdoms
  • First-Person Voices and Marriage in the Visions of Amram
  • From Qumran to China with the Book of Giants

Unit 9: Scribes, Scrolls, and Scriptures

  • From the Old Testament to Hebrew Scriptures
  • What Do We Mean by the Term Bible?
  • Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Samaritan Pentateuch
  • Theories of Text Development for the Old Testament
  • New Word from Isaiah 53:11
  • New Sentence from Psalm 145:13
  • Paragraph from 1 Samuel 10:27
  • How Tall Was Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:4?
  • Rethinking Scribal Errors in Jeremiah
  • Text Criticism and Non-Biblical Texts in Psalm 11:2

Unit 10: Evolution of Scriptural Interpretation

  • Scriptural Interpretation before the Bible
  • Boundary between Text and Interpretation in 4QPentateuch
  • Rewriting Scriptures in the Genesis Apocryphon
  • External Interpretation of Scripture in the Pesher Isaiah
  • Blended Interpretations in 4Q Commentaries on Genesis

Unit 11: Rethinking Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

  • Writings outside the Bible
  • What Is the Apocrypha?
  • What Is the Pseudepigrapha?
  • Tobit and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Aramaic Levi and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Unit 12: Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Context of Early Christianity

  • Problems with Parallels between Qumran and Christianity
  • Are There New Testament Writings in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  • Did the Dead Sea Scrolls Mention Jesus?
  • Messianic Frameworks in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Exegesis and Resurrection in 4Q521 and the Synoptics
  • Mary’s Amazement and Response to Ancient Jewish Revelation
  • Works of the Law in Paul and 4QMMT


  • Only a Beginning
  • Title: AR305 The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Instructor: Andrew Perrin
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 12
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Andrew B. Perrin is Associate Vice-President Research at Athabasca University and former Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University. He received his PhD from McMaster University. His monograph The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise from the University of Heidelberg, and his forthcoming Journal of Theological Studies article that redefines Daniel traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded the 2019 David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship from the Society of Biblical Literature. Perrin is co-editor of Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions and Four Kingdom Motifs before and beyond the Book of Daniel. His research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has been published in popular venues, such as Bible Study Magazine and Biblical Archaeology Review, as well as academic journals, including Dead Sea Discoveries, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum.


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  1. Ray Mills

    Ray Mills


  2. Jeannie Koh

    Jeannie Koh


    For those who love textual studies and are interested in the textual history of both NT and OT, I highly recommend this course. Deepak Kumar Singh has done a good job in highlighting its strengths in a previous comment, to which I will refer those interested. Dr Andrew Perrin has done an excellent job packing in a ton of information. His arguments are well developed starting with the crucial step of defining key terms and concepts at each stage. The details and insights are riches, and can be overwhelming. The ideas and concepts are developed with great adherence and sensitivity to the evidence presented. For me, the value of the course is to follow these ideas, and learn about ways to evaluate textual, exegetical and hermeneutical understandings that arose from the DSS discoveries. I think that this course requires a willingness to engage in deeper arguments and thought. It is not easy to follow and requires close attention. It is phenomenal in its depth and breath! One of the very best Mobile Ed courses I've taken, a substantial feast that needs a lot of digesting!
  3. Deepak Kumar Singh
    To quote course description, it begins with first impressions of the Cave 1 scrolls, their discovery, and their early travels and ownership. It covers the problem of modern forgeries next, followed by an overview of the Second Temple period and its importance for understanding both the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible. The course then provides a description of the Qumran archaeological site and its impact on our understanding of Qumran practices. It investigates the identity of the Qumranites and insights into their beliefs and practices against the background of Second Temple Jewish groups, including the question of a possible Essene connection. The course considers methods of interpretation employed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and then describes the nature and impact of the apocryphal and pseudepigraphic Dead Sea Scrolls. It concludes with a look at how the scrolls fit into the Second Temple context of early Christianity. The course has been well organized. I have started taking up the course and so far found sessions of Dr. Andrew Perrin quite engaging and informative. With so much of material written on Dead Sea Scrolls elsewhere, the course provides you with a good introduction & background revolving the scrolls and pushes you for a more detailed study if you do intend to. I wish there were images, media, charts etc. included in the course to make the course more worthwhile (deducting one star for this). If you can get this course during Logos discounts, it would surely be a great addition to your catalogue.


Collection value: $660.00
Save $210.01 (31%)
Starting at $38.13/mo at checkout