The course will offer an overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls but will focus on biblical interpretation that is an important aspect of many of them.
Consideration will be given not only to the explicit commentaries but also to other kinds of texts in which exegesis is evident.
By reading and analyzing passages from the Hebrew Bible and from post-biblical Hebrew texts, students will have the opportunity to increase their reading fluency and to gain an appreciation for the historical development of the language.
An introduction to the grammar of one dialect of Standard Literary Aramaic, viz., that represented in the Targum of Onqelos. In addition, attention will be paid to the place of Aramaic within the Semitic-language family, especially by way of a(n inductively based) comparisonof the Aramaic material with that found other Semitic languages, especially Hebrew.
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