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Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Essays
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Jonathan Nkhoma, in this scholarly collection of essays, enriches the reader with different interesting windows on how one can unearth the riches contained in some of the New Testament writings. The first two essays underscore the importance of placing the New Testament in a proper context and attempt to construct this context by discussing the historical background and the theological understanding of the Qumran Covenanters as derived from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jonathan Nkhoma treats many aspects touching the proper interpretation of the New Testament writings. For example, he shows how the sacramental rituals of washing and eating together in the Qumran Community add meaning to the same rituals carried over to the New Testament. The significance of table fellowship is treated in greater depth in a subsequent essay. Throughout the various essays the question of the historicity of the various texts is treated in a succinct way and the author is able to come to some helpful conclusions drawing on the previous work of many well know scholars. The later essays tackle the very difficult question of martyrdom and Jonathan Nkhoma delves into the history of two particular cases in order to shed light on this difficult subject. All essays are written in impeccable English which flows in an easy style. This collection of essays would be invaluable to anyone who would wish to make a serious study of the New Testament writings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Abbreviations for Qumran Literature
  2. pp. 4-6
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Chapter One - Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls: History and Practice of the Qumran Community
  2. pp. 8-22
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  1. Chapter Two - Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Theology of the Qumran Community
  2. pp. 23-43
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  1. Chapter Three - The Old Testament and Jewish Hermeneutics
  2. pp. 44-56
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  1. Chapter Four - New Testament Exegesis of the Old Testament
  2. pp. 57-89
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  1. Chapter Five - Discipleship in Matthew: A Redaction - Critical Study
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. Chapter Six - "Love Your Enemies": A Study of Luke 6:27-36
  2. pp. 96-103
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  1. Chapter Seven - Table Fellowship in the Gospel of Luke
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. Chapter Eight - Acts as History in Ancient Historiography
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. Chapter Nine - History of the Johannine Community: Its Possibility and Legitimacy
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. Chapter Ten - Water as Revelatory Symbol in John 1-12
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Chapter Eleven - Ignatius: Martyrdom or Suicide? A Study in Light of His Letter to the Romans
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. Chapter Twelve - Martyrdom of Perpetua: Public Spaces and the Early Christian Martyrs
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. Chapter Thirteen - Ritual and Symbolism as a Hermeneutical Approach
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. Chapter Fourteen - The Use of ‘Hallelujah’ and the Malawian Context
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. Chapter Fifteen - Gender Differentiation in the Bible: Created and Recognized
  2. pp. 175-198
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  1. Back cover
  2. pp. 200-200
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