The Dead Sea Scrolls: Context and Content

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This online unit on The Dead Sea Scrolls: Context and Content from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University studies the sect’s most important texts and contextualises them against the historical movements that transformed the Second Temple Period, which spawned both Judaism and Christianity.

At the successful completion of the unit, you will understand the political, social and religious developments in Palestine from the Persian through to Roman periods.

You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the ancient literary, documentary and epigraphic sources that relate to Jewish communities, values and attitudes.

Core leaning abilities include the ability to evaluate and relate different ancient sources to find common themes, viewpoints and attitudes thought to be characteristic of Palestinian Jews during this period.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have successfully completed a level 1 history unit.

Areas of study

In this The Dead Sea Scrolls: Context and Content unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The return from Babylonian exile
  • The community rule (1QS)
  • The Persian period: Ezra and Nehemiah
  • The calendar at Qumran
  • Alexander and the Hellenistic kingdoms
  • The Bible at Qumran
  • The Septuagint
  • The Damascus document (CD)
  • Seleucid Period
  • The Damascus document
  • The Maccabaean revolt and the Hasmonaean Kingdom
  • Pesher and Biblical interpretation at Qumran
  • Daniel and apocalyptic literature
  • The temple scroll (11QT)
  • The Herodian and Roman period
  • The identity of the Sectarians at Qumran
  • Religious sects within Judaism
  • The war scroll (1QM)
  • The first revolt
  • The library of Qumran
  • Masada
  • Christianity and the Dead Sea sect
  • Diaspora Judaism

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

An understanding of history will help you contextualise contemporary issues and attitudes. This unit will broaden your perspective on political, social and religious developments, knowledge that will serve to strengthen your tolerance, analytical and communication skills.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Context and Content from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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