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David Flusser in collaboration with R. Steven Notley
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Professor David Flusser's biography of the life of Jesus is the fruit of almost fifty years of personal research concerning what may be considered the most well-known figure of the Second Temple Period. His philological-historical approach calls for a reconsideration of how we read the literary sources. He brings to bear the wealth of new information regarding the first-century setting in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, historical inquiry, and recent archaeological discoveries. What results is a compelling portrait of Jesus which gains additional depth because it is viewed with in the context of Jewish thought and life in the first century. Both Jewish and Christian readers will be challenged by the results of Flusser's study.
The present work is based upon Flusser's 1968 edition of Jesus. Yet, with the passage of 30 years, the new volume has been essentially rewritten to incorporate the wealth of new data. Whereas the previous book - now out of print - represented the beginnings of Flusser's investigation into the historical Jesus, the present volume is its culmination.
The new book is especially significant because Flusser follows the synoptic theory of the late Robert Lindsey. Together Flusser and Lindsey laid the foundations for a school of New Testament research, today known as the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. In the first chapter of the book (p. 22) Flusser states his intention to "apply the methods of literary criticism and Lindsey' [synoptic] solution to unlock these ancient sources [i.e., Matthew, Mark and Luke]."
At 80, one of the world's foremost Jewish authorities on the New Testament and early Christianity. In his book Flusser, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, tells what he has learned in a lifetime of studying the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was written by Prof. Flusser in collaboration with his student Dr. R. Steven Notley. Notley is director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research and head of Jerusalem University College's New Testament Department.
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About the Authors
David Flusser was the professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Second Temple Period at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Flusser is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is a recipient of the Israel Prize (1980), awarded by the State of Israel. In 1989 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Lucerne, Switzerland. His books include Jesus and Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. He has published over 1000 articles in Hebrew, German, English, and other languages. He died on his 83rd birthday on September 15 2000.
Dr. R. Steven Notley is a professor in New Testament at the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of many articles and collaborated with Professor David Flusser of the Hebrew University on a recent study entitled Jesus. This volume seeks to trace the life of Jesus in light of the Jewish literary and archaeological sources.
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