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Going to go book shopping. Any recommendations?
>BEYOND THE ESSENE HYPOTHESIS:am
>THE PARTING OF THE WAYS BETWEEN QUMRAN AND ENOCHIC JUDAISM
>by Gabriele Boccaccini
>(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998)
>"Boccaccini's Beyond the Essene Hypothesis is a fascinating, incisively
>reasoned contribution to Qumran research"
>Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
>"Josephus erroneously divided pre-70 CE Judaism into four `sects'... I
>convinced that there were at least a dozen groups within Judaism. Onewas
>what Boccaccini calls `Enochic Judaism' which was clearly ancient anddeveloped
>exceedingly important. Boccaccini suggests that the Qumran group
>out of this Enochic group. His synthesis of early Jewish phenomena isBoccaccini's
>challenging and impressive"
>James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
>"Boccaccini is to be commended for his penetrating and lucidly presented
>analysis of the origins of the Dead Sea community at Qumran.
>theory about the relationship of this community to the Essenes (or whathe
>calls `Enochic Judaism') offers a way around a current impasse in Qumranthe
>studies. An important new work"
>William Adler, North Carolina State University
>"Boccaccini has an impressive and stimulating synthesis which makes an
>important advance in our understanding of what the Scrolls mean for
>Philip R. Davies, University of Sheffield
>Respected scholar Gabriele Boccaccini offers a challenging new view of
>ideology of the Qumran sect, the community closely related with the Deadgroup
>Sea Scrolls. Boccaccini moves beyond the Essene hypothesis and posits a
>unique relationship between what he terms "Enochic Judaism" and the
>traditionally known as the Essenes. Building his case on what theancient
>records tell us about the Essenes and on a systematic analysis of theparty,
>documents found at Qumran, Boccaccini argues that the literature betrays
>the core of an ancient and distinct variety of Second Temple Judaism.
>Tracing the development of this tradition, Boccaccini shows that the
>Essene community at Qumran was really the offspring of the Enochic
>which in turn contributed to the birth of parties led by John theBaptist
>and Jesus. Convincingly argued, this work will surely spark fresh debate1991);
>in the discussion on the Qumran community and their famous writings.
>Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, tel 800-253-7521, fax 616-459-6540,
>e-mail wbesales@...; mail 255 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, MI
>Gabriele Boccaccini is Professor of New Testament and Second Temple
>Judaism at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Middle
>Judaism: Jewish Thought, 300 BCE to 200 CE" (Minneapolis: Fortress,
>and "Portraits of Middle Judaism in Scholarship and Art" (Turin:Zamorani,
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Northern Arizona University
[I thought the above info which Bob recently posted about this book was
an apt "advertisement". *Beyond the Essene Hypothesis* traces a document
"chain" of "Enochic Judaism" and the Qumran community, from Ezekiel up to
those documents immediately preceding & influencing the early Christian
writings. Boccaccini discusses the following chain: Ezekiel, Zadokite
literature, Book of the Watchers, Aramaic Levi, Astronomical Book, Dream
Visions, Daniel (Zadokite lit.), Book of Jubilees, (what author describes
as a radical offshoot occurs here of subthread Temple Scroll, Halakkic
Letter, Damascus Document, leading to the Qumran sectarian literature),
Epistle of Enoch, Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, Similitudes of
Enoch, then early Christian literature & 2Enoch to follow. Imbedded
within the historical chain are the views of those Jews who had serious
objections to the religious establishment (as did Yeshu according to
gospel accounts). IMO Boccaccini's book is impressive and is a
worthwhile read. - Doug Kincaid]
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