New Testament Backgrounds


This 8-day intensive course will immerse students in the history and literature of the Second Temple period (ca. 538 BC to AD 135) of Jewish history. Students will read portions from Josephus, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Philo. Lectures, class discussions, and assignments will emphasize how this background illuminates our understanding of specific New Testament passages and concepts.