ACABS 592 - Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 001 The Apostolic Fathers: 1st-2nd Century Christian literature
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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The Book of Jubilees is one of the most important documents for understanding the development of Jewish thought in the Second Temple period. In the aftermath of the Maccabean revolt, Enochic and Mosaic traditions were merged into a powerful synthesis that many scholars believe laid the foundation for the emergence of the Essene movement and the community of Qumran. After reconstructing the main stages in the history of research and discussing the complex textual structure, this seminar will focus on the theology of the document, its location within Second Temple Judaism, and its relevance for Qumran and Christian Origins. Issues such as the origin of evil, calendar, purity, gender, eschatology, ritual, etc. will be explored, eventually addressing the central questions: Is Jubilees a "Mosaic" or "Enochic" text? Is it correct to label it as the first "Essene" document? Some of the material produced by the students (i.e. the annotated bibliography) will be offered in the Summer at an international Conference on Jubilees (the Fourth Enoch Seminar, July 2008) and may be published in the Proceedings.
Undergraduate students need the instructor's permission to enroll.

ACABS 592 - Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (SEM)
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
W 6:30PM - 8:00PM
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