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The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition
Joseph, Simon J.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. xvi + 352. $39.00



Description: When scholars have set Jesus against various conceptions of the “messiah” and other redemptive figures in early Jewish expectation, those questions have been bound up with the problem of violence, whether the political violence of a militant messiah or the divine violence carried out by a heavenly or angelic figure. Missing from those discussions, Simon J. Joseph contends, are the unique conceptions of an Adamic redeemer figure in the Enochic material­—conceptions that informed the Q tradition and, he argues, Jesus’ own self-understanding.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, New Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Sarah E. Rollens
Published 6/5/2015
Citation: Sarah E. Rollens, review of Simon J. Joseph, The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Blake A. Jurgens
Published 4/6/2017
Citation: Blake A. Jurgens, review of Simon J. Joseph, The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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