Teaching the Historical Jesus

Teaching the Historical Jesus.

Jesus The Jew No One Knows

Jesus The Jew No One Knows.

Excavating at Jezreel, 2015.
Excavating at Jezreel, 2015.

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Composite “Herod” in Luke-Acts

By Frank Dicken

Readers of the canonical gospels are well aware of the increased attention that the author of Luke-Acts gives to the rulers of the Herodian dynasty. Both the scope of Luke-Acts and the author’s interests in the political milieu of his day allow this extensive treatment. Despite the fact that Luke omits the famous scene from Mark 6:14-29 (par. Matt 14:1-12) of Herod’s birthday party—replete with dancing girl and John the Baptist’s head on a platter—he adds several scenes not found in the writings of his synoptic counterparts. See complete essay

The Bible and Ancient Philosophy in Greek Synagogal Prayers

By Pieter W. van der Horst

An intriguing set of ancient prayer texts is to be found in the 7th book of the Apostolic Constitutions (hereinafter: AC), a late-fourth-century church order, most probably compiled in Syrian Antioch in the 80s of that century (Van der Horst 2008: 3-93). In AC 7:33-38 we find six prayers in Greek that are now generally regarded as christianized versions of six originally Jewish prayer texts, namely, the first six of the Seven Benedictions for the Sabbath morning service.. See complete essay

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On Jesus, the Essenes, and the Anxiety of Influence

By Simon J. Joseph

The idea that the Essenes influenced early Christianity has a long and colorful history in New Testament scholarship. I have been thinking about the “Essenes” as an historical problem and theoretical tool for many years now. While I readily acknowledge that the evidence is insufficient and fragmentary in many key places, I still think there are many important questions that could benefit from more sustained scrutiny of our sources. See complete essay

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