The Dead Sea Scrolls & the New Testament


The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls shook the world of Second Temple historians and archaeologists, both Jews and Christians. They proved that there was a messianic expectation before the time of the New Testament for the "Son of God" to arrive. What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and what is the connection between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament?

This course, designed by Dominick S. Hernández, will address these questions and many more in a fascinating conversation with one of the leading New Testament scholars of our time, and an authority on the topic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dr. Craig Evans.


Course Description

There has been much scholarly investigation into the historical and cultural events, which shaped Second Temple Judaism—namely, the world in which Jesus lived, and in which the New Testament was written. The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Qumran community depict elements of Judaism that existed before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, thus providing important insights into the Second Temple period. This course will examine the writings, doctrines, and practices of the Qumran community as they are portrayed through the Dead Sea Scrolls in an attempt to further conceptualize the Jewish world into which Jesus came.

Course Format

For Personal Enrichment The student is guided through the teaching videos and reading material, and encouraged to take the short quiz at the end of each section in order to reinforce the information. The reading assignments are optional. Students are welcome to complete additional written assignments, but they will not be graded on them.

For Academic Credit This course is eligible for 3 academic credits. In order to pass the course successfully, the student is required to submit all coursework within six months from the day of registration, and obtain a final grade not lower than 60. Course grades are based on quizzes, mid-term exam, and the final paper.

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lesson 1 - What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Lesson 2 - Archaeology of Qumran, Dating of Manuscripts & the Historical Setting of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lesson 3 - Theories of Qumran Origins

Unit 2: The Sectarians & the Scrolls

Lesson 4 - Who Were the Qumran Sectarians?

Lesson 5 - Sectarian Characteristics

Lesson 6 - How did the Sectarians Relate to One Another? Daily Routine & Worship

Lesson 7 - The Messiah(s) at Qumran & 2nd Temple Messianism

Unit 3: An Overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

Lesson 8 - Purpose of Studying the Dead Sea Scrolls in Relation to the NT & Some Controversial Texts

Lesson 9 - Bible and Biblical Commentaries in Qumran

Lesson 10 - What did the Sectarians Write?

Unit 4: Examining Parallels between Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

Lesson 11 - Shared Phrases and Motifs between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospels

Lesson 12 - The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Book of Revelation

Lesson 13 - Pauline Literature & the Dead Sea Scrolls- Christological Titles and Terms & the "Works of the Law"

Lesson 14 - The Dead Sea Scroll and the Book of Hebrews


  • Dr. Dominick S. Hernández, PhD, specializes in Semitic Philology. He completed a M.Div. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. at Columbia University. He earned his PhD in Semitic Philology from Israel's Bar Illan University and currently works as an assistant professor at Moody Bible Institute.
  • Dr. Craig A. Evans, PhD, is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins and Dean of the School of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University in Texas. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies and has authored many books and articles on Jesus and the Second Temple Period.

Course Objectives

After completing The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain who the Qumran sectarians were, what they believed, how they lived, and their administrative structure.
  • Describe the Qumran sectarians and their influence on Second Temple Period Judaism
  • Outline similarities and differences between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament.
  • Responsibly use the Dead Sea Scrolls in the study of the New Testament.

Course Structure

  • The course consists of 4 units that comprise 14 lessons. Each lesson contains a video lecture and assigned reading.
  • This is a Self-Paced Online Course. The student is required to complete the course within six months from the day of registration, but is free to do so in his/her own pace and may review video lectures at any time during the course.
  • At the end of each unit there is a short quiz to help reinforce the material studied. For those who take this course for personal enrichment only, all of the course assignments and examinations are optional.

Required Textbooks

 Students need to purchase:

  1. VanderKam, James, C. and Flint, Peter, The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus and Christianity, San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2002.
  2. Evans, Craig A., Holman Quick Source Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2010.

Aside from the two books listed above, all additional reading material will be available for free online.

Recommended Backgound: No prerequisites required

Course Fees - 25% OFF for the Holiday Season!

  • For Personal Enrichment - $249 $186 (after the discount)
  • For Academic Credit at a B.A. Level -  $900 $675 (after the discount)

*These fees do not include required textbooks **Payment is non-refundable

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