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Brooke on BIblical Exegesis in the DSS & NT

June 20, 2013

In the course of preparing a paper for a symposium to be held in Perth Australia in late July, my paper to provide two “case-studies” of biblical texts crucial in earliest christological developments, I’ve read a commendable essay by George Brooke:  “Shared Exegetical Traditions between the Scrolls and the New Testament,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls, eds. Timothy H. Lim & John J. Collins (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2010),565-91.  It’s a measured, sage discussion, well informed by the most recent scholarship and sure-footed in the handling of the primary texts.  Brooke expertly handles the questions about how the exegetical practices reflected in various Qumran texts may or may not relate to what we have in NT use of the biblical (OT) texts.

I posted a notice about the volume after it first appeared, commending it, and I reiterate that view here.  In addition to Brooke’s fine study, there are another 29 contributions in it.  To focus here solely on those other contributions that directly engage the NT/earliest Christianity, there is Jörg Frey, “Critical Issues in the Investigation of the Scrolls and the New Testament” (pp. 517-45), discussing community matters in Qumran and the NT, questions about dating of texts/movements, any personal links between Essenes & the early church (e.g., John the Baptist?), relevance for understanding ancient Jewish messianism and earliest christology, the relevance of Qumran for Paul (e.g., vocabulary), Gospel of John and its dualism, and concluding with a very helpful bibliography (as do all the contributions).

In my earlier notice about the volume, I mentioned my own contribution:  “Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology” (pp. 546-64), and so I won’t go over its contents here again.

(Now back to my paper for the Perth symposium.  You can find out more about it here.)

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