Good and Evil in Qumran

Dr. Tupá Guerra, Professor of Ancient Studies

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The Qumran Scrolls is a fascinating library of ancient documents found in the 20th century in the caves of the Judean desert. We have learned so much about the ways of life and beliefs of ancient Jews from those fragments. Though we realize that these particular fragments represent only a segment of Jewish society, they provide a unique window into the ancient world. 

In this course, Dr. Tupa Guerra takes you on a journey of exploring the beliefs about good and evil as they are represented in this Dead Sea Scrolls collection. How much did the ancients think about the daily dangers of evil and snares of sin? Does evil have anything to do with sickness? What can be done to escape evil? What remedies and protections did good provide? Can evil be banished? Qumran is Dr. Guerra's area of specialty, so amid the passages that are often quoted from Qumran texts and the Bible, prepare to encounter some fragments and translations you may have never seen. Understand the world of ancient Jews a little better by exploring the topic of good and evil in the Qumran Scrolls! 

About Author

Dr. Tupá Guerra

Professor of Ancient Studies

Dr. Tupá Guerra is a professor of Ancient Studies at Israel Bible Center. Her research is focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple Period. Her Ph.D. dissertation, from the University of Birmingham – UK, focused on prayer, protection against evil, demonology, and magic. She is currently doing a post-doctorate in the department of metaphysics at the University of Brasília, is head of historical research at the Museu do TCU and is part of the team of three podcasts in Brazil.

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  • 01. Introduction 01:20
  • 02. Anxiety Over Evil 11:34
  • 03. Pious Life in Qumran 17:03
  • 04. A Place to Pursue Good 11:58
  • 05. The Daily Threat of Evil 14:33
  • 06. The Children of Light 15:39
  • 07. The Children of Darkness 11:47
  • 08. Good and Evil Agents (part 1) 15:20
  • 09. Good and Evil Agents (part 2) 13:22
  • 10. The Origin of Evil 17:54
  • 11. The Struggle Between Good and Evil 11:56
  • 12. Fending off Danger (part 1) 18:31
  • 13. Fending off Danger (part 2) 16:14
  • 14. Evil, Disease and Sickness 16:09
  • 15. The End of Evil 17:34

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