Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus
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To understand Jesus of Nazareth, it is essential to read writings from the four-century gap between the Old and New Testaments. Matthias Henze introduces this period and its writings, discusses how they have been read through history, guides students' encounters with select texts, then introduces key ideas in New Testament texts that can't be understood without these early Jewish writings- the Messiah, angels and demons, the law, and the resurrection of the dead. Mind the Gap broadens students' perspectives on early Judaism and Christianity and welcomes them to deeper study.

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Title: Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus
By: Matthias Henze
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 1506406424
ISBN-13: 9781506406428
Stock No: WW406428

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Do you want to understand Jesus of Nazareth, his apostles, and the rise of early Christianity? Reading the Old Testament is not enough, writes Matthias Henze in this slender volume aimed at the student of the Bible. To understand the Jews of the Second Temple period, it's essential to read what they wrote-and what Jesus and his followers might have read-beyond the Hebrew scriptures. Henze introduces the four-century gap between the Old and New Testaments and some of the writings produced during this period (different Old Testaments, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls); discusses how these texts have been read from the Reformation to the present, emphasizing the importance of the discovery of Qumran; guides the student's encounter with select texts from each collection; and then introduces key ideas found in specific New Testament texts that simply can't be understood without these early Jewish "intertestamental" writings-the Messiah, angels and demons, the law, and the resurrection of the dead. Finally, he discusses the role of these writings in the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity. Mind the Gap broadens curious students' perspectives on early Judaism and early Christianity and welcomes them to deeper study.

Author Bio

Matthias Henze is Isla Carroll and Perry E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism and founding director of the program in Jewish studies at Rice University. He has written or edited books on biblical interpretation at Qumran and early Judaism and on various early Jewish writings, including the coauthored 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Translations, Introductions, and Notes (Fortress Press, 2013).

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