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Jewish World Around the New Testament
Collected Essays I

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, No. 233

By Richard Bauckham
December 2008
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161496141
554 pages
$279.50 Hardcover

This is a collection of twenty-four essays by Richard Bauckham first published between 1976 and 2008, some of which have been updated for this volume. Many aspects of the literature and thought of early Judaism are covered, including life after death, the provenance of the Pseudepigrapha, the Jewish apocalypses, the book of Tobit, the Horarium of Adam, and the Contra Apionem of Josephus.

There are discussions of 'the parting of the ways' between early Judaism and early Christianity and of the relevance of early Jewish literature for the study of the New Testament. Other essays throw light on specific aspects or texts of early Christianity by relating them to their early Jewish context. These include studies of the delay of the parousia, the restoration of Israel in Luke-Acts, and the use of Latin names by Paul and other Jews in the early Christian movement.

The essays in this volume result from the author's conviction, throughout his career, that the New Testament texts can only be understood adequately through wide-ranging and detailed study of the Judaism of the late Second Temple period.

Survey of contents:
Introduction - The Martyrdom of Enoch and Elijah: Jewish or Christian? - Enoch and Elijah in the Coptic Apocalypse of Elijah - The Rise of Apocalyptic - The Delay of the Parousia - A Note on a Problem in the Greek Version of 1 Enoch 1:9 - The Son of Man: 'A Man in my Position' or 'Someone'? - The Apocalypses in J. H. Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha - Pseudo-Apostolic Letters - Kainam the Son of Arpachshad in Luke's Genealogy -The List of the Tribes of Israel in Revelation 7 - The “Parting of the Ways”: What Happened and Why - The Messianic Interpretation of Isaiah 10:34 - The Relevance of Extra-Canonical Jewish Texts to New Testament Study - Josephus' Account of the Temple in Contra Apionem 2.102-109 -Life, Death, and the Afterlife in Second Temple Judaism - What if Paul had Travelled East rather than West? - Covenant, Law and Salvation in the Jewish Apocalypses - The Restoration of Israel in Luke-Acts - Paul and Other Jews with Latin Names in the New Testament - The Horarium of Adam and the Chronology of the Passion - The Spirit of God in Us Loathes Envy: James 4:5 - Tobit as a Parable for the Exiles of Northern Israel - The Continuing Quest for the Origins of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha