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Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Why have the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls been called the greatest archaeological find of the millennium? Is something precious, or damaging to faith, being concealed by scholars who have monopolized access to these hidden documents?

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A leading expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls explains why they are among the most important archaeological finds in history, and explores how they have revolutionized our understanding of Jesus.


"Editor Charlesworth has established himself as a careful scholar, especially in the area of early Jewish and Christian studies. Bringing together a dozen essays (including three of his own) on the influence of the Essenes on Jesus of Nazareth, he presents a critical review of the major similarities and differences between the Essenes and Jesus.

Among the intriguing suggestions is that, contrary to prevailing opinion, Jesus did address or allude to the teachings and practices of the Essenes."    ~Library Journal


"The contentions that Jesus was not influenced in any way by the Essenes have a nonhistorical, dogmatic, and apologetic ring to them. Jesus must be unique - he is divine and in no way human - appears to be an underlying presupposition of many published statements.

He is thereby shorn of his historicity, and the earliest Christian heresy, combated by 2 John 7 and endorsed by the Acts of John, begins to triumph. Docetism, the doctrine that Jesus was not human but a being of celestial substance, is surreptitiously endorsed."


James H. Charlesworth is Princeton Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He specializes in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old and New Testaments, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Jesus Research, and the Gospel of John.

Editor Charlesworth, James H.
Author Essenes
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 370 pp.
Publisher ABRL Doubleday 1995
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