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An historical exploration of the Jewish monastic communities of the first century, which, until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, were known only by cursory references in Josephus, Philo, Pliny the Elder, and Eusebius. Dr. Jaffee discusses the monastic features of later Jewish spirituality as it was possibly drawn from the mystical and ascetical precepts of these groups. His observations are of immense interest to the Christian scholar, since the forerunners of Christian monasticism, including St. John the Baptist, were born and formed in this same world of messianic and prophetic spirituality.
About the AuthorProfessor Martin S. Jaffee is Professor of Comparative Religion at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has taught religion and religious studies at the University of Virginia, the Iliff School of Theology, and, as a visiting professor, at the College of William and Mary. From 2000–2001, he also held the Stanley D. Golub Chair in International Studies at the University of Washington, while serving as Acting Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author, among others works, of the popular Torah in the Mouth (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Readings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Prentice-Hall, 1998).
About the PrefacerThe Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.