The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English: Seventh Edition (Penguin Classics) Paperback
Author: Geza Vermes | Language: English | ISBN: 0141197315
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No translation of the Scrolls is either more readable or more authoritative than that of Vermes -- John J. Collins The Times Higher Education Supplement Fascinating, not least because of Geza Vermes' wonderful introduction and translation -- Justin Cartwright Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
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Geza Vermes’s pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as the first professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of several books, including The Authentic Gospel of Jesus.
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- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; 7 edition (June 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141197315
- ISBN-13: 978-0141197319
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Thank you, Geza Vermes! Without trying, this book is likely to convince you that Jesus and John the Baptist were Essene Jews. The similarities of language and idea between the New Testament and the scrolls is significant. One reason why this is important is to reconnect Jesus with the Essene emphasis on reason, intelligence and understanding. Even Isaiah characterizes the Messiah as wise, but that side of Jesus is often downplayed. Ideas of God have always been exploited by the power hungry, so reconnecting Jesus with reason empowers individuals. Another reason why an Essene Jesus is important as it helps us get a handle on how the people at the time of Jesus viewed the (Messiah). The Essenes had 4 views on the Messiah. One example is the Messiah of Aaron and the scrolls claim he would suffer and be humiliated before being glorified by God. They also claim he would teach righteousness at the end of days - and the Essenes (like Jesus) felt that they were living in the end times of Israel (see War Scroll). Moreover, he had a council of 12.... A final reason why it is important to reconnect Jesus with Essene Judaism is Truth. The gospels have been edited with anti-Semitism; thus, re-centering Jesus in his Jewish context offers healing. It allows Christians to respect the Jewishness of Jesus and to interpret it wisely. In so many ways Jesus parallels the main points of the scrolls, as though he allegorizes them. Of course, the gospels claim that Jesus broke with Essene exclusionism after being rejected in the temple at Nazareth, illustrating that he interpreted the role of the Messiah of Aaron for all Israel (which is, in fact, what the scrolls say.
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