about account add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up back-arrow book-mobile book categories chat-bubble-mobile chat-bubble close college contact-us credit-card drag email-square facebook-mobile facebook-square facebook faq film history home load modal-error person pinterest-square play-mobile play queue remove resume search share show star tag tick trailer trash twitter-mobile twitter-square twitter university warning warning youtube-square

The Rise of the Jewish Sects

Lecture no. 5 from the course: The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Rise of the Jewish Sects

Taught by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Gain insight into the appearance of Jewish sectarianism in late antiquity—focusing primarily on the Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and Zealots—through the Jewish historian Josephus, along with the Jewish philosopher Philo, the authors of the New Testament books, the later rabbis, and even the Roman polymath Pliny the Elder.


January 13, 2016
A solid lecture on the various Jewish sects around the time of the Dead Sea scrolls community. Also a bit on the background of Josephus who was actually kind of a traitor, though to be fair the Romans were always going to win. Also a bit on why the Professor and many others think the Dead Sea scrolls folks were Essenes. In a related note I was taught to tell the main sects apart because the Sadducees didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead (it's not in the Torah) and therefore they were 'sad you see'. That and God sanctioned assault and battery on offspring were pretty much all I learned in the religious cult services my folks attended.