About this course

This course is brought to you in partnership with Israel College of the Bible.

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 and the Qumran community depict elements of Judaism that existed before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. which aid in understanding the Second Temple period. In this course, Dr. Dominick S. Hernández engages in a fascinating conversation with Dr. Craig A. Evans, leading New Testament scholar and authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls, to examine the writings, doctrines, and practices of the Qumran community as portrayed in the Dead Sea Scrolls in an attempt to conceptualize the Jewish world into which Jesus came. Together, they survey the cultural, theological, and historical relationships between the Qumran community and the Dead Sea Scrolls with the New Testament.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • 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 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.

What's in this course

    1. Lesson 1: What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    2. Lesson 2: Archaeology of Qumran, Dating of Manuscripts, and the Historical Setting of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    3. Lesson 3: Theories of Qumran Origins

    4. Unit 1 Quiz

    1. Lesson 1: Who Were the Qumran Sectarians?

    2. Lesson 2: Sectarian Characteristics

    3. Lesson 3: How Did the Sectarians Relate to One Another? Daily Routine and Worship

    4. Lesson 4: The Messiah(s) at Qumran and Second Temple Messianism

    5. Unit 2 Quiz

    1. Lesson 1: Purpose of Studying the Dead Sea Scrolls in Relation to the New Testament and Some Controversial Texts

    2. Lesson 2: Bible and Biblical Commentaries in Qumran

    3. Lesson 3: What Did the Sectarians Write?

    4. Unit 3 Quiz

    1. Lesson 1: Shared Phrases and Motifs between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospels

    2. Lesson 2: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Book of Revelation

    3. Lesson 3: Pauline Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls - Christological Titles and Terms, and the “Works of the Law”

    4. Lesson 4: The Dead Sea Scroll and the Book of Hebrews

    5. Unit 4 Quiz

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

  • $299.00
  • 3.5 hours of video content
  • 14 Lessons
  • 1 year access
  • Certificate of completion


Dr. Dominick S. Hernandez

Dr. Dominick S.Hernandez, 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

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.