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Scriptural Allusions in the New Testament: Light from the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls & Christian Origins Library Volume 5
Dale C. Allison, Jr.
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Almost every book in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament is charged with allusions to "subtexts". In order to appreciate those books fully, one must see behind them, to the texts in the background. Without such vision, interpretation is constricted.
This sort of allusion may be too subtle for many modern readers. This is largely because we live in a time of verbal inflation, of throwaway utterances. The sheer volume of verbiage produced by our society has reduced the value of words so that we now need more to say less. The result is that we are not accustomed to the phenomenon of few words signifying much. But we should not allow our historically conditioned deafness to blind us to oblique allusions in the Bible.
Yet, how can the contemporary reader of an ancient work recognize these allusions? We may believe that we are reading books that are incomplere utterances and full of holes, that we must make present what is absent. Reading the Bible, we are in much the same position as a college student struggling to understand Dante or Milton. Every phrase has something in it, much more than initially perceived, but how do we perceive it?
In Scriptural Allusions in the New Testament, Professor Allison shows how the Dead Sea Scrolls can be of great help in this difficult task. By showing us how certain biblical texts were understood and used, the Scrolls help us better comprehend how certain scriptural allusions function in the New Testament.
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About the Author
Dale Allison is Errett M. Grable Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his B.A. (philosophy) from Wichita State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in biblical studies from Duke Univeristy. He has taught at the University of Glasgow, Friends University, Kansas Newman College, Wichita State University, and Saint Paul School of Theology. He has published numerous articles and several books, most recently Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet (Fortress, 1998), The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination (Crossroad, 1999), and the Intertextual Jesus: Scripture in Q (Trinity Press International, 2000). He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature.
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