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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module THEO53830: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO53830: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • Lectures shall provide a thorough introduction to an evaluation of the literature through which the Dead Sea Scrolls may be read and evaluated (translations, editions, etc). This evaluation will go hand in hand with a survey of recent developments in the field, as they have moved at a very rapid pace since the mid-1980s. The relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the New Testament will be explored in the following areas: the Jewish calendars, Messianic ideas, worship, the Torah, women, and use of scripture. In addition, a number of texts will be assigned for reading and discussion in relation to their distinctive theological emphases

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • This module will be structured around eighteen one-hour seminars which are to be held weekly over two terms. During the first nine weeks, lectures will alternate with discussion seminars on assigned topics. The module will include student presentations in alternate weeks.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Preparation and Reading
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      One 5,000 word essay

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University