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The Scrolls, Christianity, and Messianism

It didn't take long after the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls for scholars to explore the significance of the scrolls for understanding Jesus and Christianity. Unfortunately, it also didn't take long for some pretty wild views about the scrolls and Christianity to be popularized. No matter what you have heard, there are no fragments of the New Testament among the scrolls and it is very, very, unlikely that any of the scrolls make reference to Jesus. Putting aside the sensational theories, there are a number of solid resources that deal with the connection between the scrolls and Christianity.

 

The Scrolls and Christianity

  • DSS and NTGeorge Brooke, The Dead Sea Scrolls And The New Testament (Augsburg Fortress, 2005). The most recent book on the subject by an internationally recognized and respected Scrolls scholar, this collection of essays shows how the Scrolls can inform our knowledge of the linguistic, historical, religious, and social contexts of first-century Palestine. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • Joseph A. Fitzmyer, The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins (Studies in the Dead Sea and Related Literature; Eerdmans, 2000). A collection of essays on different aspects of the DSS and Christianity, including methodological considerations. A lucid and well-written guide. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • DSS and Christian FaithJames H. Charlesworth and Walter P. Weaver, eds., The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Faith: In Celebration of the Jubilee Year of the Discovery of Qumran Cave I (Faith and Scholarship Colloquies; Morehouse, 1998). An easy-to-read introduction written by noted scholars such as Charlesworth, Collins, Fitzmyer, and Freedman. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • James H. Charlesworth, ed., Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Anchor Bible Reference Library; Doubleday, 1993). A sober look at the connection between Jesus and Qumran by a number of top DSS scholars. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • Klaus Berger, The Truth Under Lock and Key?: Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Westminster John Knox, 1995). A popular treatment that debunks many of the sensational claims about Jesus' connection to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com

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Messianism and the Scrolls

  • Craig A. Evans and Peter Flint, eds., Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Studies in the Dead Sea and Related Literature; Eerdmans, 1997). A collection of essays on eschatology and the messianic hope found in the Scrolls. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • CollinsJohn Collins, The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature (ABRL; Doubleday, 1995). Collins traces the development of the idea of messiah from its earliest appearances in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, through the Dead Sea Scrolls, to its culmination in the Judaism and Christianity of the first century CE. A classic on the topic. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
  • James H. Charlesworth, Hermann Lichtenberger, and Gerbern S. Oegema, eds., Qumran-Messianism: Studies on the Messianic Expectations in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paul Mohr, 1998). A more scholarly collection of essays on the topic. Buy from Amazon.ca | Buy from Amazon.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:57