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The Messiah before Jesus: The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Israel Knohl


In a work that challenges notions that have dominated New Testament scholarship for more than a hundred years, this book gives startling evidence for a messianic precursor to Jesus who is described as the “Suffering Servant” in recently published fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The book clarifies many formerly incomprehensible aspects of Jesus' life and confirms the story in the New Testament about his messianic awareness. The book shows that, around the time of Jesus' birth, there came into being a conception of “catastrophic” messianism in which the suffering, humiliation, and death of th ... More

Keywords: New Testament, Jesus, messianism, redemptive process, resurrection, Judaism, Qumran, messianic leader

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215924
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Israel Knohl, author