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Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Edited by James Charlesworth

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Format: Paperback, 370pp.
ISBN: 0385478445
Publisher: Doubleday
Pub. Date: August 1995

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Why have the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest archaeological find of the millennium? Is something precious, or damaging to faith, being concealed by scholars who have monopolized access to these hidden documents? Distinguished Dead Sea Scrolls scholar James H. Charlesworth and an international array of experts clear away all the cobwebs masking the lost centuries of these ancient treasures. Combining the most recent work on the Scrolls from Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Israel and the United States Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls presents the definitive international and interconfessional consensus on what these controversial documents have to say, and on how they have revolutionized our understanding of the founder of Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth.


The teachings of the Dead Sea sect (identified by most scholars as the Essenes) hardly left a trace in Judaism but bequeathed a significant legacy to Christianity. No history of Western Civilization can ignore the relationship of Christianity to Essenism. This book is an important contribution to the elucidation of this relationship.
—Magen Broshi, Curator of The Shrine of the Book, The Israel Museum

Scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel examine how recent work on the Dead Sea Scrolls has significantly altered the academic understanding of the life and times of Jesus. Includes details of how crucifixions were carried out, and a inquiry as to whether James was Jesus' brother. Charlesworth is the editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary.
—Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


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James H. Charleswroth is the George L. Collard Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and the editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written many books, including the highly acclaimed Jesus Within Judaism, and edited The Old Testament Pseudepigraphia (Volumes 1 and 2). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

1. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Historical Jesus
2. Jesus and the Temple Scroll
3. Membership in the Covenant People at Qumran and in the Teaching of Jesus
4. Recovering Jesus' Formative Background
5. Jesus as "Son" and the Righteous Teacher as "Gardener"
6. The Parable of the Unjust Steward: Jesus' Criticism of the Essenes
7. Jesus, the Primitive Community, and the Essene Quarter of Jerusalem
8. Opposition to the Temple: Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
9. Jesus, Table-Fellowship, and Qumran
10. CRUCIFIXION: Archaeology, Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
11. Two Ascended to Heaven — Jesus and the Author of 4Q491
12. The Risen Christ and the Angelic Mediator Figures in Light of Qumran

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