Teaching the Dead Sea Scrolls

Teaching the Dead Sea Scrolls SHOFAR Winter 1996 Vol. 14, No.2 FOCUS ON TEACHING by David S. Williams University of Georgia It is no secret that the Dead Sea Scrolls are a "hot topic."2 Such is the hunger for information about them that I have been asked to give at least one public lecture on the subject every year since I began teaching. More to the point, I have noticed much student interest in the scrolls, and have repeatedly encountered questions concerning them in class sessions on Judaisrr0ewish Studies. Because many of those who teach Jewish Studies are specialists in fields that do not touch Jewish literature, much less ancient scrolls, the following material is being provided to assist anyone who could benefit from an initial exposure to the scrolls. While I have no illusions that this paper will lead to whole courses being devoted to the scrolls, hopefully the information presented below will at least be of assistance in handling student questions. In addition, I have arranged the material so that a 'This paper is a revised version of a presentation given in a session entitled "Teaching Classic Jewish Texts" at the 1994 annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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SHOFAR Winter 1996 Vol. 14, No.2 FOCUS ON TEACHING by David S. Williams University of Georgia It is no secret that the Dead Sea Scrolls are a "hot topic."2 Such is the hunger for information about them that I have been asked to give at least one public lecture on the subject every year since I began teaching. More to the point, I have noticed much student interest in the scrolls, and have repeatedly encountered questions concerning them in class sessions on Judaisrr0ewish Studies. Because many of those who teach Jewish Studies are specialists in fields that do not touch Jewish literature, much less ancient scrolls, the following material is being provided to assist anyone who could benefit from an initial exposure to the scrolls. While I have no illusions that this paper will lead to whole courses being devoted to the scrolls, hopefully the information presented below will at least be of assistance in handling student questions. In addition, I have arranged the material so that a 'This paper is a revised version of a presentation given in a session entitled "Teaching Classic Jewish Texts" at the 1994 annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. I

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Published: Oct 3, 1996

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