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The World of Jesus and the Early Church: Identity and Interpretation in the Early Communities of Faith

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781598568257


Prominent scholars in the fields of Archaeology, New Testament Studies, and the Dead Sea Scrolls have come together in The World of Jesus and the Early Church to focus on early Jewish and Christian communities of faith and their impact on the collections of texts that were their scriptures (and would become, in due time, part of their various canons).

Professors, students, and pastors who are interested in how these communities lived—how they developed, what they believed, and how they regarded and preserved the written documents that were their scripture—will be interested in this comprehensive volume drawn from presentations made to key conferences on the subject. This book’s emphasis on a variety of communities of faith (not just Christian) and their early (and critical) influence on the development of religious canonical materials sets it apart from others on New Testament-period culture.

Key Features

  • Explores the culture and beliefs of early Jewish and Christian communities
  • Focuses on the basis and progress of commmnity identity
  • Examines how these communities interpreted Scripture and how it influenced them


Part One: Identity in Jewish and Christian Communities of Faith

  • The Site of Qumran and the Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • From the Earthly to the Heavenly Temple: Lines from the Bible and Qumran to Hebrews and Revelation
  • The Scrolls and the Scriptures on the Margins: Remembered in Canon and Forgotten in Caves
  • Disputed Issues in the Study of Cities, Villages, and the Economy in Jesus’ Galilee
  • Children in House Churches in Light of New Research on Families in the Roman World
  • The Family Buried Together Stays Together: On the Burial of the Executed in Family Tombs
  • The Trial of Jesus at the Jerusalem Praetorium: New Archaeological Evidence

Part Two: Interpreting the Scriptures in Jewish and Christian Communities

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Interpretation of Scripture
  • Excavating Ideas: The Qumran Scrolls of Samuel
  • The Oldest Attested Hebrew Scriptures and the Khirbet Qeiyafa Inscription
  • Biblia Hebraica Quinta
  • What do Earliest Christian Manuscripts Tell Us about their Readers?
  • Bold Claims, Wishful Thinking, and Lessons about Dating Manuscripts from Papyrus Egerton 2

Praise for the Print Edition

This volume explores recent understanding of the way in which the early Jewish and Christian communities of faith functioned and how they defined themselves, as well as how they interpreted their scriptures. The collected essays encompass archaeological, sociological, economic, ritual, and textual discoveries; shed light on these communities of faith; and draw out implications for both the academy and the church today. John Collins, Margaret Y. MacDonald, Larry Hurtado, and James A. Sanders are among the 13 contributors.


The contributions to this collection are all excellent work by some leading scholars. . . . There is much insight that can be gained from these pages.

Theological Book Review

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Craig A. Evans

Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

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