Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Joseph's "Prayer of Joseph"

Honored to have been invited by Daniel Gurtner and Loren Stuckenbruck to contribute the Prayer of Joseph entry for the T & T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Book Review: Mind the Gap

My review of Matthias Henze's Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus has just been published in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, the journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, published by Boston College and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

The journal is open-access. Read the review online here.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Jesus Mysticism and A Course in Miracles

A paper I presented at the "Gnostic America: The Afterlives of Gnosticism in American Religion and Culture" conference at Rice University in March 2018 has just been published in Gnosis: The Journal for Gnostic Studies. The article is entitled "American Gnosis: Jesus Mysticism in A Course in Miracles." 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Prayer in Q

A paper I presented at a Q Conference in Graz has just been published by Mohr Siebeck. My article, "The Promise of Providence and the Problem of the Parables: Revisiting Prayer in the Sayings Gospel Q," explores the relationship between the Enochic Book of Parables

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - Revue de Qumran

Michael Flowers reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in Revue de Qumran: “informed, intelligible, and compelling …. a worthy contribution to discussions about the origins of Christianity. It displays a remarkable breadth of scholarship and a mind that has deeply reflected on a great number of issues. Furthermore, this book’s copious footnotes make it an excellent guide for further research.”

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - Religious Studies Review

Olegs Andrejevs reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in Religious Studies Review:

“Since his first publications, Joseph has consistently advanced New Testament studies by merging the field’s cutting-edge scholarship (especially pertaining to Q and the historical Jesus) with the latest advances in the study of late second temple Judaism in a methodologically responsible framework. The present monograph, the author’s fourth one overall, marks the culmination of all that work. The book directly addresses pressing questions about the nature and extent of the apparent Essene-Christian relationship; and it does so with academic rigor, nuance, and confidence befitting one of the field’s leading scholars. Joseph puts forth a very sensible thesis: the movement behind the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls stands in ideological and sociocultural proximity to formative Jewish Christianity, at least partly informing some of the latter’s theological and literary features … The monograph is expertly written, persuasively argued, and logically organized … Joseph’s best work yet, an important contribution to the field, and required reading for anyone studying the New Testament in its Jewish environment.”

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jesus, the Essenes and Christian Origins - JSNT Review

“The author is a lucid and expert guide through debated issues, having written extensively already in the area . . . the book as a whole is judicious, clearly argued and well documented.”

David Wenham, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"The Secret Pipe" in History of Religions

"The Secret Pipe: Protecting the Ptehíŋčala Čhaŋŋúŋpa of the Lakota Sioux" - my new article in History of Religions - explores the role of the Sacred Pipe in Lakota history, culture, and religion as well as current efforts to continue "protecting" the Pipe in the face of the ongoing exploitation of Native religion in contemporary Western culture.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - RBL Review

Mary J. Marshall reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in RBL: "This important volume is Joseph's fourth major study in his extensive research on the relationship of early Judaism and nascent Christianity ... Joseph's work is extremely well researched and comprehensively referenced ... His strategy of comparing Jesus's halakah with that of the Essenes is highly successful, with his tightly argued analysis not only elucidating the relevant texts but also clarifying much about the Jesus of history, the Essenes, and early Christianity."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - JETS Review

“Joseph ... displays an impressive knowledge of the secondary literature ... [and] argues here with impressive detail for halakhic intersections whereby the DSS may throw light on the historical Jesus ... Simon Joseph’s book is a good place to get up to date on the debates alluded to in the title. It is well written and solidly researched and deserves to have a voice in the continuing discussion.”

Michael O. Wise,
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Interview

I was recently interviewed about my new book, Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins, by Lora Nigro of 11th Story. You can read the interview here.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jesus and the Temple - in NTT Journal

A new review of my book, Jesus and the Temple, in JNTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion: “Joseph’s contribution on sacrifice and the different Jewish/Jewish-Christian positions in the first century is illuminating. . . This provoking and thorough study contributes greatly to studies on the historical Jesus.”