Chapter

After Three Days

Israel Knohl

in The Messiah before Jesus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215924
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215924.003.0003
After Three Days

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This chapter starts the search for the historical setting of the Qumranic Messiah with a discussion of two apocalyptic works, which tell us about the violent death of the Messiah of Qumran. The first task is to date the events described in these works. In an apocalyptic work the author usually describes the events of his time as a prophecy of the future. This is why apocalyptic works should be interpreted against the background of the historical events of the time they were composed. The content of these works can be clearly understood in light of the political situation in the Roman Empire during the second half of the first century b.c.e., just prior to Jesus' life and ministry.

Keywords: Qumranic Messiah; Jesus; apocalyptic works; death; Roman Empire

Chapter.  6442 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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