The Intertestamental Period Seminar

Map showing history of the ancient world, for high schools and academies (1904)

The Intertestamental Period

This open-ended seminar is a weekly gathering of scholars and laypersons, conducting a long-term, in-depth study of the 400-year period “between the Testaments.”

That’s 400 hundred years of history most of us don’t hear much about. Also called “the 400-year silence,” it was a time of tumult, spiritual upheaval, war, and great cultural change. It was the time of the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Midrash and other early Rabbinic literature. It set the stage for early Christianity.

The seminar explores the history, popular movements, and religious literature of the period spanning from roughly the beginning of the Fourth Century BCE through the early First Century CE, with lecture, discussion, and close reading of several texts from this period, as well as passing references to additional primary and secondary sources, archaeological material, sociological studies, and so on.

Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. All are welcome. Each session begins with a small potluck, so we invite you to bring something to share. Discussion is lively, engaging, thought-provoking, accessible and fun.