Cecilia Wassén reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in Dead Sea Discoveries: “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.”
Friday, July 17, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Émile Puech reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins in the Revue Biblique: 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 a number of Essenes - although not Qumran Essenes - joined 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
Yongbom Lee reviews my book, Jesus and the Temple in Horizons (Cambridge UP):
“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.”