The unit looks at the history of the Judeans (Jewish people) in the Second Temple Period, which runs from the late sixth century BCE to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in 70 CE. The Bible, documentary evidence and archaeology are used to critically assess the developments in this period. Particular focus will be placed on the Dead Sea Scrolls as new insights into the Second Temple Period were afforded with the discoveries at Qumran. We look at the beliefs and literature of the community and what this tells us about them and their place in the Judaism of the times. All documents are read in English translation.
Vermès, G. (ed. & trans.), The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (London: Penguin Books, 2004 or 2012)
The Bible with Apocrypha (New Revised Translation is preferred)
Collins, John J., and Daniel C. Harlow, eds. Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012.
Meyers, Eric M. and Mark Chancey, Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
García Martínez, Florentino. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996.
Josephus, Flavius. The New Complete Works of Josephus. Translated by William Whiston. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 1999. [You may use another edition, but it should have both Antiquities and War]
Unit webpage and technology used and required
Online units can be accessed at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/
PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement.
Please contact teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements. Consult the OUA website for more detailed information on technology requirements: