This course introduces students to the history and literature of Second Temple Judiasm (515 BCE - 70 CE), primarily the Apocrypha, Pseudipigrapha, and Dead Sea Scrolls. Although the seminaries focus on Protestant canonical scripture, these texts are a significant bridge from the texts of ancient Israel (FT) to the texts of early Judaism (Mishnah) and Christianity (ST). Since beliefs of the early Jesus movement are rooted in the views of this period, it is important to understand the history and literature. Although undoubtedly influencing both Jewish and Christian thought, the course will not consider contemporaraneous Persian, Greek, or Roman literature. The course will not cover all the literature of the period, but key texts whose influence in evident in the Second Testament. Prerequisite: BIST 101 or B 102 or permission of instructor.