Friday, July 17, 2020

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christians Origins - DSD Review

In a review recently published in Dead Sea DiscoveriesCecilia Wassén notes that Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins “makes a strong case that Jesus . . . had ‘a relationship’ with Essene ideology and halakhah. The book as a whole provides many insightful analyses of Jesus’s engagement with different groups as well as appropriate analyses of Qumran texts . . . the study makes for a stimulating dialogue partner for historical Jesus scholars.”

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - Revue Biblique

Pleased to see Émile Puech's review of Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in the Revue Biblique. Puech notes that this book gives "a good idea of the contribution of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the study of the Jesus of history and the Gospels." Puech also agrees that it is probable that a number of Essenes - although not Qumran Essenes - joined the Way of the Jesus movement, given the absence of any references to the Essenes in the New Testament or in rabbinic literature, yet their notable influence on the former.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Jesus and the Temple - Horizons

A new review of my book, Jesus and the Templepublished in Horizons

“Overall, this is an insightful and original study about the historical context of Jesus’ death . . . comprehensive and convincing . . . an excellent scholarly work on the historical Jesus and an insightful resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the topic.” 

Yongbom Lee
Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 
(Cambridge University Press)