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The Ascents of James: History and Theology of a Jewish-Christian Community (Dissertation Series (Society of Biblical Literature)) [Hardcover]

By Robert E. Van Voorst (Author)
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This study is an examination of The Ascents of James, a source of the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions. Research into "The Ascents of James" began in the last century and still continues today. It has been limited, however, in method and scope. This study provides a full analysis of this document, including several items lacking in previous research: a complete history of research; a thorough isolation of the source; a fresh translation of its Latin version and the first translation of the Syriac version; a complete commentary; finally a rather full exploration of the relationship of this document to other forms of first & second century Christianity. By this analysis of a fascinating Jewish-Christian document, I hope to contribute to our knowledge of Jewish Christianity in the 2nd Century.

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Language: English
Studio: Society of Biblical Literature
Pages   213
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1989
Publisher   Society of Biblical Literature
ISBN  1555402933  
ISBN13  9781555402938  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

Robert E. Van Voorst currently resides in the state of Michigan.

Robert E. Van Voorst has published or released items in the following series...
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From the "Pinnacle of the Temple"  Sep 21, 2002
Dr Van Voorst has given us a rare glimpse into the early history of that then-new Jewish sect, the "Christians" by distilling, through textual analysis of two early copies of the Psuedo-Clemmentine Recognitions, a text atrributed to Hegesippus and now lost in the original-the 'Anabathmoi Jacobou' or "Ascents of James". The work stands on its own as a wonderfuol bit of scholarship, and supports much of Robert Eisenman's work on James the Righteous. The story related is a narrative, probably poetically enhanced as much early Scripture seems to be, of a fateful public confrontation between the luminaries of the Jerusalem Assembly led by James (the Brother of Jesus) and the priestly authorities of the Herodian Temple over theological questions of messiahship and salvation (!). The debate, since the author is an early church apologist, goes to the new sect of "Christians" (Church of the Circumcision), and the narrative suggests that the entire population of Jerusalem was about to be baptized on the basis of the Scripturally-based arguments of James and the other Apostles, when "The Enemy", a man referred to as SAULUS in a marginal note in the Syriac copy of the Recognitions, incites a riot in the Temple courtyard with several of his followers, a bunch of violent bullies inflicting bloodshed, injuries and deaths among all the people gathered. The end of the fight comes with James the Righteous, the Brother of Jesus, being pushed from the top of the Temple steps (hence "ascents") by "The Enemy" -Saulus/Saul- breaking both his legs, and the retreat of the Christians, with their injured leader, "towards Jericho" (Qumran is also that way from Jerusalem), and the Enemy and his henchmen being given warrants for the arrest of the members of the "Faithful" by the priestly authorities. If this sounds disturbingly familiar, it is because this is probably the precursor to the conversion story of Saul on the 'Road to Damascus' -the Sons of God at Qumran referred to their habitation as "Damascus"- and "Saulus" is known to Christians and Biblical scholars today as Saint Paul.
The episode related occurred sometime in the early 40's of the Common Era, and was apparently written down about 135 CE. I think we need to re-examine those Qumran scrolls....

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