Teaching the Historical Jesus

Teaching the Historical Jesus.


Jesus The Jew No One Knows

Jesus The Jew No One Knows.

A Team Member Excavates Early Bronze Age Vessels at Jezreel.
A Team Member Excavates Early Bronze Age Vessels at Jezreel.


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Reconstructing 4Q208–4Q209 as an Astronomical Artefact

By Helen R. Jacobus

Nowhere in the ancient Mesopotamian and Mediterranean worlds have as many variant and different calendars been found as at Qumran. The diversity within the 364-day Hebrew calendar corpus is a continuing subject of research. Here, the focus is on two proposed Aramaic zodiac calendars: 4Q318 (4QZodiac Calendar and 4QBrontologion, registered as 4QZodiology and Brontology) and 4Q208–4Q209 (4QAstronomical Enoch a-b). See complete essay


Composite “Herod” in Luke-Acts

By Frank Dicken

Readers of the canonical gospels are well aware of the increased attention that the author of Luke-Acts gives to the rulers of the Herodian dynasty. Both the scope of Luke-Acts and the author’s interests in the political milieu of his day allow this extensive treatment. Despite the fact that Luke omits the famous scene from Mark 6:14-29 (par. Matt 14:1-12) of Herod’s birthday party—replete with dancing girl and John the Baptist’s head on a platter—he adds several scenes not found in the writings of his synoptic counterparts. See complete essay


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On Jesus, the Essenes, and the Anxiety of Influence

By Simon J. Joseph

The idea that the Essenes influenced early Christianity has a long and colorful history in New Testament scholarship. I have been thinking about the “Essenes” as an historical problem and theoretical tool for many years now. While I readily acknowledge that the evidence is insufficient and fragmentary in many key places, I still think there are many important questions that could benefit from more sustained scrutiny of our sources. See complete essay


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