Scepter and the Star : The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature, Second Edition

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-12
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Author Biography

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. His many other books include Beyond the Qumran Community, King and Messiah as Son of God, The Bible after Babel, and The Apocalyptic Imagination.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. viii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
DŘrer's Illustration of Christ Messiahp. xii
Map of Palestine: Location of Qumran Cavesp. xiii
Messianism and the Scrollsp. 1
A Common Jewish Hope?p. 3
The Dead Sea Scrollsp. 6
The Terminological Issuep. 16
The Fallen Booth of David: Messianism and the Hebrew Biblep. 21
The Emergence of a Canonp. 21
The Royal Ideologyp. 24
Predictions of an Ideal Kingp. 26
A Gentile ˘Messiah÷p. 32
A Messianic Movement in the Persian Period?p. 34
The Absence of Messianism in the Second Temple Periodp. 37
The Transformation of Messianism in Danielp. 42
The Savior King in Egyptian Judaismp. 46
Conclusionp. 50
A Shoot from the Stump of Jessep. 52
The Psalms of Solomonp. 52
The Political Contextp. 54
The Davidic Hopep. 57
The Davidic Messiah in the Scrollsp. 61
The Pesher on Isaiahp. 62
The Messiah in the War Rulep. 64
Diverse Titles of the Messiahp. 68
Star and Scepter in the Damascus Documentp. 71
Exegetical Traditionsp. 73
The Character and Role of the Davidic Messiahp. 77
The Messiahs of Aaron and Israelp. 79
One or Two Messiahs?p. 79
Theories of Developmentp. 84
Excursus: The Damascus Document, Col. 7p. 87
The Origins of Priestly Messianismp. 92
Jubileesp. 93
Aramaic Levip. 96
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchsp. 101
The Development of the Levi Traditionp. 105
Conclusionp. 108
Teacher, Priest and Prophetp. 110
The Teacher at the End of Daysp. 110
The Understanding of the End of Daysp. 113
Excursus: The Sanctuary of Menp. 116
The Temple Scroll and the End of Daysp. 119
The Teacher and the End of Daysp. 122
Teacher and Prophetp. 123
Teacher and Priestp. 126
The Eschatological Prophetp. 128
4Q521p. 131
Conclusionp. 141
Excursus: The Suffering Servant at Qumran?p. 141
A Throne in the Heavensp. 149
The Textual Evidencep. 149
The Relation to the Hymnic Materialp. 154
The Identity of the Individualp. 155
Ascent to Heaven?p. 160
Conclusionp. 163
Excursus: Israel Knohl's Messiah Before Jesusp. 164
The Messiah as the Son of Godp. 171
Proposed Interpretationsp. 173
The Literary Contextp. 176
A Negative Figure?p. 179
The Collective Interpretationp. 181
The Angelic Interpretationp. 181
The Messianic Interpretationp. 183
Excursus: Other Possible ˘Son of God÷ Passagesp. 185
The Role and Nature of the Son of Godp. 189
The Danielic Son of Manp. 191
Daniel 7p. 193
The Similitudes of Enochp. 196
Fourth Ezrap. 205
Common Assumptionsp. 210
Messianic Dreams in Actionp. 215
Prophetic Movementsp. 216
Royal Pretendersp. 219
Jesus and the Davidic Messiahp. 229
Conclusionp. 237
Bibliographyp. 238
Chronological Tablep. 274
Abbreviationsp. 276
Index of Authorsp. 280
Index of Scriptural Citationsp. 287
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 291
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