Topics in Ancient Judaism
Liane Marquis FeldmanW: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM KJCC BSMT
*Students should have proficiency in Hebrew and Aramaic and/or Greek* The third century BCE has long been described as a "dark age" in the history of Judaism. Yet it is also critical both for Biblical Studies, as a key era in the consolidation of now-biblical texts and their translation into Greek, and for the study of Second Temple Judaism, as the era of the most ancient Jewish writings known from outside the Bible, including the oldest apocalypses and the earliest known Jewish writings in Greek. Drawing on new evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as recent research in Classics on the Hellenistic Near East, this seminar will explore what we know of Jewish literature and cultural history in the period between the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Maccabean Revolt. In the process, we will explore the intersections--both past and potential--between specialist research in Biblical Studies and on Second Temple Judaism.