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The Jewish World around the New Testament: Collected Essays

ISBN: 9783161515224

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In this volume, Bauckham presents 24 studies that were originally released between 1976 and 2008. Dealing with many aspects of early Judaic literature and thought, this volume contains discussion on the schism between early Judaism and early Christianity and the importance of early Judaic literature for the study of the New Testament. Richard Bauckham shows that New Testament texts can only be understood properly when studied with Second Temple Judaism in mind as context.

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Key Features

  • Presents new methodologies for interpreting the New Testament
  • Explores different forms of Greek for a fuller understanding of New Testament interpretation
  • Studies extrabiblical literature to bring context to biblical literature


  • Introduction
  • The Martyrdom of Enoch and Elijah: Jewish or Christian?
  • Enoch and Elijah in the Coptic Apocalypse of Elijah
  • The Rise of Apocalyptic
  • The Delay of the Parousia
  • A Note on a Problem in the Greek Version of 1 Enoch 1. 9
  • The Son of Man: ‘A Man in my Position’ or ‘Someone’?
  • The Apocalypses in the New Pseudepigrapha
  • Pseudo-Apostolic Letters
  • Kainam the Son of Arpachshad in Luke’s Genealogy
  • The List of the Tribes of Israel in Revelation 7
  • The Parting of the Ways: What Happened and Why
  • The Messianic Interpretation of Isaiah 10:34
  • The Relevance of Extra-Canonical Jewish Texts to New Testament Study
  • Josephus’ Account of the Temple in Contra Apionem 2.102–109
  • Life, Death, and the Afterlife in Second Temple Judaism
  • What if Paul had Travelled East rather than West?
  • Covenant, Law and Salvation in the Jewish Apocalypses
  • The Restoration of Israel in Luke-Acts
  • Paul and Other Jews with Latin Names in the New Testament
  • The Horarium of Adam and the Chronology of the Passion
  • The Spirit of God in us Loathes Envy (James 4:5)
  • Tobit as a Parable for the Exiles of Northern Israel
  • The Continuing Quest for the Provenance of Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

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“That Paul, in Rome in the last chapter of Acts, can say that ‘it is for the sake of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain’ (28:20; cf. 26:6–7), is indicative of the extent to which the theme of the restoration of Israel dominates Luke’s narrative and does so in a way that does not negate but actually entails the Gentile mission. In some sense the whole narrative from Luke 3 to Acts 28 is recounted as the fulfilment of the hopes of restoration expressed in Luke 1–2.” (Page 352)

“But in no indubitably pseudepigraphal letter known to me are the supposed addressees and the real readers identical. This means that a pseudepigraphal letter cannot, as scholars sometimes too readily assume, perform the same function as an authentic real letter.” (Page 129)

“Ezra (4 Ezra or 2 Esdras) and Baruch (2 Baruch and 3 Baruch)” (Page 207)

“First, Luke does make clear that there is a future for Israel with Jesus the Messiah according to the purposes of God. The restoration of all that God had promised through the prophets would be restored to Israel will be complete only at the parousia (3:21; cf. also 1:33).” (Page 369)

“Luke envisages the restoration of Israel as a process that has already begun with the formation of the Jerusalem church and which will be complete only at the parousia.” (Page 365)

  • Title: The Jewish World around the New Testament: Collected Essays I
  • Author: Richard Bauckham
  • Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
  • Volume: 233
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. N.T. › Relation to the Old Testament; Judaism › Relations--Christianity; Judaism › History--To 70 A.D
  • ISBNs: 9783161515224, 9783161496141, 05121604, 9780801039034, 3161515226, 3161496140, 0801039037
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T04:29:21Z
Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckham (1946– ) was professor of New Testament studies at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews. He retired in 2007 from this position in order to concentrate on research and writing. He currently is the senior scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and visiting professor at St. Mellitus College.

Bauckham earned a PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a fellow of St John's College. He taught theology for one year at the University of Leeds and for 15 years at the University of Manchester before teaching at the University of St Andrews. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Bauckham is known for his commentary on Jude and 2 Peter in the Word Biblical Commentary and his book Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church.

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