Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"On Jesus, the Essenes, and the Anxiety of Influence"





I have a new op-ed piece in The Bible and Interpretation up this week. It's called "On Jesus, the Essenes, and the Anxiety of Influence." Here are the opening lines: 

The idea that the Essenes influenced early Christianity has a long and colorful history in New Testament scholarship. I have been thinking about the “Essenes” as an historical problem and theoretical tool for many years now . . .