Good and Evil in Qumran

Dr. Tupá Guerra, Professor of Ancient Studies

We won't bill you for 7 days!
Subscription starts at $
Start FREE Trial

Try out before you commit - 7 days for FREE!

Start Your Trial Now
Course info
Audio lessons

Course Info

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.

  • 15 Sessions With historical background and more
  • Earn your certificate in:
    • Jewish Context and Culture
    • Hebrew Bible
  • 602 Active Students From all over the world
  • 3:30 Hours Learn at your pace and convenience


  • Lecture Notes for this Course
  • Plain Text Notes for this Course

Audio lessons

  • 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

Student Reviews


Overall student rates

Overall rating based on 49 reviews
5 Stars 35
4 Stars 2
3 Stars 0
2 Stars 0
1 Star 0
49 Total
  • bimi padilla

    Posted 3 weeks ago
    good and bad thank you i learn a lot
  • andrew osborne

    Posted 1 month ago
    i am enjoying this course. there is so much to take in.
  • Gerardo Garcia

    Posted 1 month ago
    All good
  • Collin Carbno

    Posted 1 month ago
    Very insightful look into Qumran documents. Well done. Excellent use of the texts themselves, and looking at the meaning of the texts.
  • Heidemarie J Burke

    Posted 1 month ago
    I did not think that anything on this class needs improvement. I have much enjoyed it and learned a lot about this very interesting subject which addresses past and current questions of mankind.

Join Us Today

Start your journey today - only a few spots left!

Offer ends in:
00 00: 00: 00

Monthly Membership

$59 $40 / month
Get unlimited access to all our courses and materials with this monthly plan
START YOUR FREE TRIAL Learn more about free trial

What our students are saying:

Janice Baca


Elizabeth Joseph


Suzana Malavasic


“Your program in Jewish Context and Culture has been a source of enlightenment and has led me to appreciate the radically Jewish nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

Barbara Thomas


“I look forward every week to my classes. Really appreciate the Jewish background that provides the assumed knowledge of 1st century readership!”

June R Massoud


"I am so happy with my Biblical Studies at Israel Bible Center. I am starting to see the bigger picture as I advance with the several courses I've taken"
60+ courses

Join for access to:

Over 60 online biblical courses, more than 70 exclusive Roundtable Talks with top scholars, Israel Bible Weekly Magazine, Israel Bible Podcast episodes, and more!

Dive into the world of Hebrew Culture and Context of the Bible with UNLIMITED access!

Start FREE Trial

Access to 60+ courses

A variety of engaging online courses in Jewish and Biblical studies from Genesis to Revelation and beyond!

70+ Roundtables

Face-to-face conversations with a broad array of experts and scholars from the world’s leading universities

Hebraic Insights

Over 1,000 easy-to-read educational articles and inspirational insights from the Bible‘s original languages

Dashboard features to enhance YOUR learning experience


Personalized Recommendations

Discover courses tailored to your interests. Our Personalized Recommendations help you find the perfect learning path, ensuring a rewarding and enriching experience


Live Comments in Courses

Engage with fellow learners and academic experts. Live Comments allow you to participate in interactive discussions, share insights, and build a vibrant learning community


Course Progress Badge

Stay on track with your learning journey. The Course Progress Badge keeps you informed about your advancement in each course, motivating you to achieve your goals


Internationally renowned scholars from top universities

Dozens of esteemed professors in one place! We collaborate with scholars from elite universities, including Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley, Tel Aviv, and more!

Begin Your Journey

Up to 3 certificates to earn!

Embark on a journey into the Jewish context of the Bible! You can earn certificates in 3 categories: Hebrew Bible, Jewish New Testament, and the Jewish Context and Culture Program Certificate.

Get me started