In this first volume of collected essays on ancient Judaism Flusser examines the influence of apocalypticism on various Jewish sects. He states that the teachings of Jesus, while reflecting first and foremost the views of the sages, were also influenced by Jewish apocalypticism. Examining the Essenes, their effect on Hebrew language, the split of sects, and much more, Flusser's collected essays offer an important source of study for any Dead Sea Scrolls scholar.
David Flusser taught Judaism in the Second Temple Period and Early Christianity at the Department of Comparative Religion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He published extensively on the New Testament and its Jewish background and the early Church, and is renowned worldwide for his pioneering research. He was the recipient of the Israel Prize in 1980.