Examines some of the major issues that the Dead Sea Scrolls have raised for the study of early Christianity.
Library JournalWhat impact does the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls have on our understanding of early Christianity? What parallels can be found between these ancient writings and the New Testament? These are the kinds of questions that this scholarly eight-essay collection edited by Collins (Old Testament criticism & interpretation, Yale Divinity Sch.) and Evans (New Testament studies, Acadia Divinity Coll.; Jesus and His Contemporaries) attempts to answer. Two pieces address whether the Teacher of Righteousness mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls might be a messianic figure along the lines of Jesus. Two others consider themes in the scrolls that might match one found in Johannine and Pauline writings. A particularly interesting essay examines parallels between the apocalyptic theology represented both in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the New Testament. While the essays are scholarly, they are written in a manner comprehensible to nonspecialists as well. Other books address this topic, e.g., Joseph A. Fitzmyer's The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins. Still, the essays here show familiarity with earlier works and take the discussion to a deeper level. Recommended for academic libraries.-John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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