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Neither the recent excitement over the Dead Sea Scrolls nor the flow of books--scholarly and popular--on their impact show signs of abating. Some of these books are primarily sensationalistic, while others represent sound scholarship. This book is among the latter. Editor Charlesworth has established himself as a careful scholar, especially in the area of early Jewish and Christian studies. Bringing together a dozen essays (including three of his own) on the influence, of the Essenes on Jesus of Nazareth, he presents a critical review of the major similarities and differences between the Essenes and Jesus. Among the intriguing suggestions is that, contrary to prevailing opinion, Jesus did address or allude to the teachings and practices of the Essenes. The contributors generally express such nontraditional ideas cautiously, since there is much work yet to be done on the Scrolls. Still, this is a solid contribution to the current debate that will inform and challenge both scholars and lay readers. For academic and large public libraries.
- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A leading expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls explains why they are among the most important archaeological finds in history, and explores how they have revolutionized our understanding of Jesus. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300140177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140170
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Thielman on February 3, 2000
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Over the years, the Anchor Bible Reference Library (ABRL) has published an assortment of scholarly books on archeology in the Levant, Jewish history and the origins of Christianity. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, edited by James H. Charlesworth (©1992) is a nice addition to this series and certainly worthy of examination by any interested in the period of the first centuries BC and AD. This work, is a compilation of articles by renown scholars focusing on areas of commonalty and differences between the teachings of Jesus and the writings found in the caves of Qumrân.
For example, although some eschatological exegesis and scriptural preferences between Jesus and the Essene community at Qumrân can be catalogued, Jesus' ministry was also profoundly different from the Essenes, as well as different from other Jewish leaders including the Pharisees. The Essenes were exclusionary and ritualistic, Jesus demonstrated an inclination to accept all sincere followers. Jesus' parables could be comprehended by all (at least superficially), while the Dead Sea Scrolls are often noted for their obtuseness. The Essenes were even stricter with their interpretation of Mosaic law than the Pharisees. Jesus took a more liberal view on this matter. Yet both groups were devoted to prayer and both acknowledged "the Holy Spirit" (rwh hqws) as did other Jewish leaders.
Comparisons between Essene writings and the Torah abound. For example, Deuteronomy 21:22 commands that a capital offense be punished by death followed by hanging upon a tree for public display. However in the Temple Scroll, this sequence is reversed--the delinquent is to be hanged until death--i.e., crucifixion. Further comparison of symbolic references are made between Jesus and the Essenes.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. F Joyner on May 26, 2002
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This is a very good introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls. James Charlesworth is an amazing (and readable) scholar. I stumbled onto this while trying to learn more history about Jesus (reading David Flusser, N.T. Wright, Brad Young; didn't waste much time reading John Dominic Crossan). (I'm not formally trained in religion, not a minister). For a lay person trying to learn a lot about the Dead Sea Scrolls, this book is needed along with books by Lawrence Schiffman (Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls) and Hershel Shanks. With this collection, any lay person will know just about every major issue that is relevant.
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1 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2003
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Samson and Delilah thru dead sea scrolls and religious artifacts as clues on Bible for Iraq
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