BAR 33:01, Jan/Feb 2007
In Their Own Words
James H. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Languages and Literatures at Princeton Theological Seminary and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project. The following is an excerpt from his recent book, Jesus and Archaeology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006):
While Jesus lived in an apocalyptic world charged with cosmic spirits, he used earthly images that shaped his creative thoughts. Many of these images can be more accurately imagined two thousand years later, since we can hold or see first-century realia, like stone vessels, lamps and “flasks” (actually oil fillers), walled vineyards with towers, coins (even the widow’s mite), and swords, that shaped his pictorially rich teachings and parables ...