Theology

Simon J. Joseph

Jesus, Q, and the Dead Sea Scrolls

A Judaic Approach to Q

[Jesus, Q und die Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer. Ein judaistischer Zugang zu Q.]

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Is Q a Galilean text representing a non-messianic and non-apocalyptic Galilean branch of the early Jesus movement? Simon J. Joseph proposes a new working model for understanding the Jewish ethnicity, community, provenance, and compositional traits in Q — the earliest and most reliable source for the Palestinian Jewish Jesus movement.
In his work, Simon J. Joseph proposes a new working model for understanding the Jewish ethnicity, community, provenance, and compositional traits in Q — the earliest and most reliable source for the Palestinian Jewish Jesus movement. He critically compares the major literary features of Q 3–7, a section which introduces John the Baptist and includes the Beatitudes and Jesus' reply to John in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Essenes, and first-century Jewish wisdom traditions and messianism. By conducting a critical comparative analysis of Q 6:20–23, Q 7:22, 4Q525, and 4Q521, this approach effectively challenges the prevailing assumption that Q is a Galilean text representing a non-messianic and non-apocalyptic Galilean branch of the early Jesus movement that was dissociated from the early Jerusalem community and provides a new way of understanding the intimate relationship between Early Judaism and Christianity.
Authors/Editors

Simon J. Joseph Born 1966; 2000 BA; 2003 MA Religious Studies, New York University; 2010 PhD, New Testament, Claremont Graduate University; currently Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Religion, California Lutheran University.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Journal of Theological Studies — 66 (2015), S. 353–356 (Alan Kirk)
In: Religious Studies Review — 41 (2015), S. 23 (Thomas E. Phillips)
In: Reference & Research Book News — http://www.booknews.com/ref_issues/ref_apr2013/mohr1.html (04/2013)
In: The Qumran Chronicle — 23 (2015), S. 59–61 (Zdzislaw J. Kapera)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — 93 (2013), S. 460 (Ch. Grappe)
In: Biblische Zeitschrift — 58 (2014), S. 283–286 (Michael Hölscher)
In: Journal for the Study of Judaism — 44 (2013), S. 411–412 (Christopher Tuckett)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 57 (2013), S. 402
In: Review of Biblical Literature — http://www.bookreviews.org (02/2015) (Michael Labahn)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 76 (2014), S. 559–561 (Barry Crawford)