Geza Vermes

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Géza Vermes (2007)

Geza Vermes (22 June 19248 May 2013) was a scholar and writer on religious history, particularly Jewish and Christian. He was a noted authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient works in Aramaic, and an authority on the life and religion of Jesus.



The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

  • The account of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, as the manuscripts are inaccurately designated, and of the half a century of intense research that followed, is in itself a fascinating as well as an exasperating story.
    • Introduction, p. 1
  • If one had to single out the most revolutionary novelty furnished by Qumran, its contribution to our understanding of the genesis of Jewish literary compositions could justifiably be our primary choice.
    • Introduction, p. 23
  • The absence from the Dead Sea Scrolls of historical texts proper should not surprise us. Neither in the inter-Testamental period, nor in earlier biblical times, was the recording of history as we understand it a strong point among the Jews.
    • Chapter 3: The History of the Community, p. 49

The Real Jesus: Then and Now

  • This is a simple and moving message, which Jesus formulated in his own language for his simple Galilean audience, about God, the heavenly Father, on the dignity of all human beings as children of God, on life turned into worship by total trust, on an overwhelming sense of urgency to do one’s duty without procrastination, on the sanctification of the here and now, and above all on the love of God through the love of one’s neighbour.
    • The Real Jesus: Then and Now, Geza Vermes
  • The historical Jesus can be retrieved only within the context of first-century Galilean Judaism.... Against this background, what kind of picture of Jesus emerges from the Gospels? That of a rural holy man, initially a follower of the movement of repentance launched by another holy man, John the Baptist. In the hamlets and villages of Lower Galilee and the lakeside, Jesus set out to preach the coming of the Kingdom of God within the lifetime of his generation and outlined the religious duties his simple listeners were to perform to prepare themselves for the great event.
    • The Real Jesus: Then and Now, Geza Vermes, p54-55
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