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.
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.