This book takes as its theme the related issues of calendar, chronology and worship, as they were conceived and practised in ancient Jewish and early Christian times.
After a general discussion of the way the three issues are related, there follow six chapters on the calendar, first the standard Jewish calendar, then the Qumran calendar (giving particular attention to the Book of Enoch and the Temple Scroll) and finally the Christian calendar - both the standard Christian calendar and that observed by the Montanists. Three chapters on chronology come next, one of them offering a chronological solution to a puzzling calendrical problem in the Dead Sea Scrolls, another relating Jewish eschatological expectations to New Testament teaching, and a third examining the chronological calculations of the Hellenistic Jew Demetrius, the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and the Book of Jubilees. The three concluding chapters, on worship, include an investigation of the historical development of the Psalter and a careful survey of the relationship between ancient Jewish worship and early Christian.
The book discusses a variety of issues that arise in modern biblical, intertestamental and patristic study, some neglected, some very controversial, and throws new light upon them.
(Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums)
Roger T. Beckwith is a priest of the Church of England holding an Oxford BD and Lambeth DD. Formerly Warden of Latimer House, Oxford, he currently assists at the City Church in Oxford. His publications include The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church (SPCK/Eerdmans) and Calendar and Chronology, Jewish and Christian (Brill). He hopes to write further on the canon of Scripture and on sacramental theology.
All those interested in Early Jewish Worship, Christian Liturgy, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish and Christian Calendar, Ancient Chronology, the Old Testament Canon, the Psalter, or Montanism.