Jerusalem Perspective (JP), a member-supported online magazine that investigates the context of Jesus and the Gospels, has achieved a lot over the past year. Here are several highlights:
Audio JP, which was launched in 2020, expanded its collection by nearly a dozen articles. Follow this link to listen to the entire Audio JP collection: https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/audio-jp/.
JP published new articles by Todd Bolen, Serge Ruzer, Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, Felicia Silcox, and Guido Baltes. The topics of these articles ranged from taking a closer look at Mary Magdalene to reexamining the story of the woman caught in adultery to assessing the value of the Gospels as an historical witness to trends in Second Temple Judaism.
JP also published “Teaching with Authority: The Development of Jesus’ Portrayal as a Teacher within the Synoptic Tradition,” a new translation of an excerpt from David Flusser’s German book on parables. The excerpt deals with Jesus’ exorcism of the possessed man in the synagogue in Capernaum.
And just in case you missed it, “Teaching with Authority: The Development of Jesus’ Portrayal as a Teacher within the Synoptic Tradition” includes a Sidebar that examines anachronistic features of an artistic depiction of Jesus reading from the Torah in a synagogue. Quiz your knowledge of Second-Temple Judaism by identifiying as many of these anachronisms as you can. Then see if your tally matches our own.
On account of JP’s successful Winter 2020/2021 fundraiser, JP was able to make three indispensable resources for the study of the Synoptic Gospels (Robert Lindsey’s A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel of Mark, Lindesy’s Greek Concordance of the Synoptic Gospels [3 vols.], and Elmar Camilo Dos Santos’ An Expanded Hebrew Index for the Hatch-Redpath Concordance to the Septuagint) free to everyone with access to the internet. Follow this link to access these resources: https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/21399/.
The Life of Yeshua (LOY) project, a JP initiative to reconstruct the sources behind the Synoptic Gospels in order to gain deeper insight into Jesus’ life and teachings, made great progress with the publication of one excursus (LOY Excursus: Sources of the “Strings of Pearls” in Luke’s Gospel), the reconstruction and commentary on Yeshua’s Testing, and seven segments of the eleven-part “Choose Repentence or Destruction” complex (Calamities in Yerushalayim, Woes on Three Villages, Generations That Repented Long Ago, Innocent Blood, Sign-Seeking Generation, Days of the Son of Man, and Lesson of Lot’s Wife). It is possible that, by the end of December, the eighth part, Preserving and Destroying, will have been published as well. We anticipate that the entire “Choose Repentence or Destruction” complex will be completely published in the coming year. Behind the scenes work on several more pericopae, including Possessed Man in Girgashite Territory (a.k.a. Gerasene Demoniac) and Teaching in Kefar Nahum, has been underway.
By the way, Sign-Seeking Generation proposes a surprising new interpretation of what was meant by the “Sign of Jonah.” Check it out!
JP has begun to make print-friendly versions of its articles availble to subscribers. So far the selection is limited (https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/tag/printer-friendly/), but we will continue to make more articles available if demand for this new feature is sustained.
All these accomplishments were made possible by your membership fees and generous donations. Please consider making an end of the year donation to help JP achieve even more in 2022. And remember to subscribe to JP in order to have full access to all our valuable content.