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The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Collins, John J.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010 pp. xi + 298.2nd Edition. $28.00


Description: John J. Collins here offers an up-to-date review of Jewish messianic expectations around the time of Jesus, in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He breaks these expectations down into categories: Davidic, priestly, and prophetic. Based on a small number of prophetic oracles and reflected in the various titles and names assigned to the messiah, the Davidic model holds a clear expectation that the messiah figure would play a militant role. In sectarian circles, the priestly model was far more prominent. Jesus of Nazareth, however, showed more resemblance to the prophetic messiah during his historical career, identified as the Davidic ďSon of ManĒ primarily after his death. In this second edition of The Scepter and the Star Collins has revised the discussion of Jesus and early Christianity, completely rewritten a chapter on a figure who claims to have a throne in heaven, and has added a brief discussion of the recently published and controversial Vision of Gabriel.

Subjects: Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Erik Eynikel
Published 10/16/2011
Citation: Erik Eynikel, review of John J. Collins, The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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