This work deserves a place on the bookshelf of every serious student of the Bible. With clarity and authority, he invites us to dramatically reimagine the basis for biblical ethics in the world today. After an extensive introduction to the subject, this book is structured, by one side, from a deep analysis of the sacred text and, on the other hand, a description of the intertextual relations that are observed with other writings past and contemporary. Its distinctive strength lies in its exposition of the role apocalypticism plays in the New Testament. These postexilic prophets affirm the many traditions of the people of Judah and Israel, who are still reeling from exile, offering them hope and direction. Collins' volume provides a valuable and accessible introduction to the interpretation of the Scrolls, which is an informative addition to the series examining the major themes of the Scroll texts. The scrolls chronicled life in an apocalyptic community, whose members believed that the end of the world was nearing.
Although the vast majority of books that have Lexile measures did not change, a small subset of books required updated Lexile measures. Collins does a good job of navigating the tumultuous history of the scrolls, as well as, being charitable to the various scholarly views. I look forward to the next titles in this series. His books include Between Athens and Jerusalem 1983 ; The Apocalyptic Imagination 1984 ; Daniel Hermeneia Commentary, 1993 ; and The Scepter and the Star 1995. It is to Murphy's great credit that he is largely successful in this effort. Do they undermine the credibility of the Christian faith? Great little book presenting the significance of the material in the scrolls, and summarizing the high points of the controversies over the dilatory nature of the scholars responsible for the first 40 years of the preparation of the scrolls text and the contradictory and sensationalist interpretations of the meaning of the texts.
We are working with the hundreds of companies that partner with us to transition them to the more precise Lexile measures. Author Biography John Collins is currently the Professor of Hebrew Bible and Post-Biblical Judaism at the University of Chicago. It would make an excellent textbook in a variety of courses. Haggai demonstrates how not to be a prophet, as his wildly optimistic and date-specific predictions don t come true. Collins' volume provides a valuable and accessible introduction to the interpretation of the Scrolls, which is an informative addition to the series examining the major themes of the Scroll texts. At the same time, author Frederick J. It contains a wealth of information that will enrich one's reading of the apocalyptic literature of the biblical period, whether beginner or seasoned scholar.
He offers insight into debates over whether the Essenes were an authentic Jewish sect and explains why such questions are critical to our understanding of ancient Judaism and to Jewish identity. Frederick Murphy defines apocalypticism while discussing its origins, its expressions in the Hebrew Bible, and its bearing on Jesus and the New Testament. The whole book would serve well in a course on ancient apocalypticism. Language: English Copyright: 1997 Please note that the Lexile measures for a small population of books have been recently updated. It presents the story of the scrolls from several perspectives - from the people of Qumran, from those second temple Israelites living in Jerusalem, from the early Christians, and what it means today. I have read much about these topics and I didn't find anything really new in the book, but it provides a good overview of what the scrolls meant if you d This book summarizes the 60 plus years of history since the discovery of the dead sea scrolls in 1947 near Qumran in the Judean desert of Israel. A native of Ireland, he has a doctorate from Harvard University, and earlier taught at the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame.
I have read much about these topics and I didn't find anything really new in the book, but it provides a good overview of what the scrolls meant if you do not know much about them. Collins vividly recounts how a Bedouin shepherd went searching for a lost goat and found the scrolls instead. The chapters on the Essenes Ch2 , and the D. Collins does a good job of navigating the tumultuous history of the scrolls, as well as, being charitable to the various scholarly views. Collins explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an isolated, quasi-monastic community living at Qumran, or whether they more broadly reflect the Judaism of their time.
This book offers not only a broad and deep understanding of the influence of apocalypticism in the ancient world and, especially, in the times from the Second Temple to the second century C. The final chapters of the volume are devoted to the appropriation of apocalypticism in the modern world, reviewing the role of apocalypticism in contemporary Judaism and Christianity, and more broadly in popular culture, addressing the increasingly studied relation between apocalypticism and violence, and discussing the relationship between apocalypticism and trauma, which speaks to the underlying causes of the popularity of apocalyptic beliefs. This is the first and most up-to-date study of the Dead Sea community since the scrolls were discovered. Illustrations, charts, diagrams, conclusions at the end of every chapter, and a helpful glossary enhance the pedagogical value of this volume. The inclusion of guides for additional reading at the end of each chapter is a welcome aspect of this title and series. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls and served as president of both the Catholic Biblical Associ John J. This is a valuable book to describe and illumine the pervasive role of apocalyptic in Jewish and Christian writings and thought.
Since the photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls were released in 1992, there has been an explosion of interest in them. For more information on these enhancements and matching beginning readers with texts, visit. The majority of Jews, however, had quite different expectations. This would be a good first book to study the scrolls. John Collins tells the story of the bitter conflicts that have swirled around the scrolls since their startling discovery, and sheds light on their true significance for Jewish and Christian history. The suggested readings listed at the end of the chapters and the bibliography are added benefits for interested readers and a great service for professors in directing students to additional sources.
Overall Collins has masterfully communicated the material in this book. He covers the entire range of apocalyptic imagery and eschatology from its roots in the prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible through the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish works of the Second Temple period. He has served as editor of the Journal of Biblical literature and President of the Classical Biblical Association. But there is no question that he is a first rate scholar, and in this treatment he is fair and helpful. He has served as editor of the Journal of Biblical literature and President of the Classical Biblical Association. When the end did not occur, the community then believed they were already living the afterlife.