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From: John Musselwhite Kill To: All Msg #396, 04-Aug-93 11:26pm Subject: "Jesus Within Judaism" Hi All! I am part-way through an extremely good book and as I mentioned it in a previous missive I thought I'd give some more information about it. Even though I haven't finished it yet, I SERIOUSLY recommend it to anyone interested in this subject. Jesus within Judaism (ISBN 0-385-23610-7) sheds "New Light form Exciting Archaeological Discoveries" as it's dustjacket proclaims. It's the first volume in the Anchor Bible Reference Library (Doubleday), and it "offers a thorough re-creation of the intellectual atmosphere which shaped Jesus' life, and which has molded the life of Western society for two millenia." (quoted from the jacket) The author is James H. Charlesworth, who is the George L. Collard Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Chairperson of the Dept. of Biblical Studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary at Princeton, NJ. Charlesworth is also the editor of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Charlesworth delivers a fascinating picture of Jesus' life in light of the archaeological discoveries of this century and others. The notes and references are very clear and detailed and the illustrations, although not by any means copious, are quite interesting. Through the use of the OT Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Codices, Josephus (yes... his arguments are sound and I'll repeat them if asked), the Jesus of history and the archaeology of Palestine he reveals in one book much of the current knowledge about Jesus' life. Like all of the books in the Anchor Bible Reference Library and the Anchor publications in general, it is written for the broadest-possible readership from world-class scholars to the general public. I'll probably have finished it by the time you read this... I'll answer any questions at that time if you have any. John


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