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Judaism of the Second Temple Period: Qumran and Apocalypticism
David Flusser

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Format: Hardcover, 356pp.
ISBN: 9780802824691
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: October 2007

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Translated by Azzan Yadin
Foreword by David Bivin

David Flusser was a very prolific scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and his contributions to Scrolls research, apocalypticism, and apocalyptic literature are inestimable. With this English translation of many of his essays, Flusser’s insights are now available to a wider audience than ever before.

Here Flusser examines the influence of apocalypticism on various Jewish sects. He states that the teachings of Jesus, while reflecting first and foremost the views of the sages, were also influenced by Jewish apocalypticism. Examining the Essenes, their effect on Hebrew language, the split of sects, and much more, Flusser’s collected essays offer an important source of study for any Dead Sea Scrolls scholar.


“Students of early Judaism and Christianity owe the late David Flusser a deep and lasting debt of gratitude for his far-ranging contributions to the field. No scholar has done more to enrich our understanding of Jesus and the New Testament in the context of Judaism of that day. These essays, now available for the first time in English translation, represent Flusser’s scholarship at its best: prodigious learning, close textual analysis, original insights, and unrivaled command of the languages and source material.”
—William Adler, North Carolina State University

“This translation of collected essays of David Flusser on Judaism of the Second Temple Period is a very welcome addition to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It discusses many aspects of the relation of Qumran literature to later Jewish writings and even to the Christian writings of the New Testament. All who make use of this book will profit from Flusser’s learned and thorough treatment of such texts.”
—Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Catholic University of America

“David Flusser was an original and colorful commentator on Second Temple Judaism, and he was especially influential in Israeli scholarship. Many of Flusser’s articles, however, have hitherto not been available in English, were widely scattered in obscure publications besides, and consequently have not been widely known in the English-speaking world. Azzan Yadin has rendered an inestimable service to scholars and students of Second Temple Judaism by translating them and bringing them together in this timely volume.”
—John J. Collins, Yale University


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About the Author

David Flusser (1917–2000) was professor of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a recipient of the national Israel Prize in 1980 for his academic achievements. His best-known book, Jesus, has been translated into eleven languages and is now in its fourth edition under the title The Sage from Galilee (Eerdmans).

Table of Contents



    Introduction: Qumran and the Essenes

  1. The Dead Sea Sect and Its Worldview
  2. The Essene Worldview
  3. The Economic Ideology of Qumran
  4. Medicine and Qumran
  5. A Pre-Gnostic Concept in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  6. “In the Image of the Likeness of His Form”
  7. “Not by an Angel . . .”
  8. A Qumran Fragment and the Second Blessing of the Amidah
  9. 4QMMT and the Benediction Against the Minim
  10. The ‘Book of the Mysteries’ and the High Holy Days Liturgy
  11. Apocalyptic Elements in the War Scroll
  12. The Death of the Wicked King
  13. A Comment on a Prayer for the Welfare of King Jonathan
  14. The Roman Empire in Hasmonean and Essene Eyes
  15. The Eschatological Temple
  16. Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes in Pesher Nahum
  17. The Apocryphal Psalms of David
  18. The “Flesh-Spirit” Dualism in the Qumran Scrolls and the New Testament
  19. “The Secret Things Belong to the Lord” (Deut. 29:29): Ben Sira and the Essenes
  20. The Jewish Origins of the Early Church’s Attitude toward the State
  21. The Isaiah Pesher and the Notion of Twelve Apostles in the Early Church
  22. The Half-shekel in the Gospels and the Qumran Community
  23. Index of Names

    Index of Subjects

    Index of Sources

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