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Mobile Ed: NT306 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

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Overview

Dr. Craig Evans combines his extensive knowledge of ancient manuscripts and New Testament studies to survey the contents, context, and influence of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He details the history of the scrolls and the Essenes, and shows how the scrolls affect our understanding of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the early church.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Broadly summarize the range of contents found in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Break down the stages of discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the earliest hints until now
  • Summarize how scholars describe the Qumran community and why they link it with the Essenes
  • Summarize how scholars describe the Qumran community and why they link it with the Essenes
  • Illustrate how the Dead Sea Scrolls shed light on the NT
  • Compare and contrast the teachings of the Dead Sea Scrolls on various issues with teachings of the NT

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction and Overview

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Overview of the Course
  • Creating a Layout for the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The First Discovery
  • Important Genizah Finds
  • The Second Find
  • Scripture Scrolls
  • Pesharim: Commentary Scrolls
  • Militant Messianic Pesharim
  • Adding the Sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls to the Dead Sea Scrolls Layout
  • Sectarian Scrolls
  • The Essenes and the Origins of the Scrolls
  • Building and Searching a Collection of Dead Sea Scrolls Resources
  • What the Ruins Tell Us
  • Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 2: Dead Sea Scrolls: Gospels

  • John the Baptist: Part 1
  • John the Baptist: Part 2
  • Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Jesus’ Proclamation of Jubilee
  • Jesus’ Exorcism and Healing
  • Exorcism and the Psalms
  • Strings of Beatitudes
  • Jesus’ Assurance for John the Baptist
  • Jesus on Divorce and Monogamy
  • Qumran on Divorce and Monogamy
  • Researching the Essenes’ Belief about Divorce
  • The Temple Tax
  • The Eschatological Banquet
  • God’s Vineyard
  • The Law and Life
  • Conclusions: Value of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Unit 2 Quiz

Unit 3: Dead Sea Scrolls: Epistles and Revelation

  • Paul and Qumran: Ecclesiastical Terminology
  • Paul and Qumran: “Works of the Law”
  • James versus Priestly Zeal for the Law
  • Qumran and “Works of the Law”
  • The Sons of Light
  • Mystery and Revelations
  • The Flesh and Spirit
  • Covered Heads and Angels
  • Order in the Assembly
  • James and Doing the Law/Word
  • Hebrews on Melchizedek
  • Qumran on Melchizedek
  • Spiritual Sacrifice
  • Qumran and John: Dualism
  • Qumran and John: Conceptual Parallels
  • Revelation on New Jerusalem
  • Qumran on New Jerusalem
  • New Jerusalem: Summary
  • Use of the Scrolls for New Testament Interpretation
  • Postscript: Possible Early Discoveries
  • Unit 3 Quiz
  • Final Exam

Product Details

  • Title: NT306 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 5

About Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, a commentary on Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Jesus and the Ossuaries, and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. He has recently served on the advisory board of the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.