Great Debates in Jewish History: The Dead Sea Scrolls

A drama-filled, new course from JLI, Great Debates in Jewish History, offers a glimpse into six pivotal disputes that engulfed the Jewish people at different periods and have a lasting impact today.

Along the journey, participants in the course will stage their own debates on fundamentals in Yiddishkeit such as faith vs. reason, Jewish nationalism, Chassidism, active vs. passive Messianism, and religion in the public arena.

The six-week course, endorsed by leading Jewish historians and professors, will start simultaneously, this week, in 374 English-speaking communities across the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, the U.K. and Europe.  Several JLI affiliates have partnered with their local Jewish historical society to offer the course.

Lesson One: The discovery of ancient Jewish scrolls in Israel’s Dead Sea region sheds light on the dynamics and debates of ancient Jewry.

This video was produced for Lesson 1 of Great Debates in Jewish History, a course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Visit for more information.

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