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Wassén, Cecilia
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Wassén, C. (2019). Daily Life. In: George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel (Ed.), T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls: (pp. 547-558). London: Bloomsbury Academic
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2019 (English)In: T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls / [ed] George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, p. 547-558Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
Keywords
Essenes, Qumran, Meals, Marriage, Celibacy
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380373 (URN)978-0-5673-5205-7 (ISBN)978-0-5676-6985-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-03-27 Created: 2019-03-27 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2019). Purity and Holiness. In: George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel (Ed.), T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls: (pp. 513-523). London: Bloomsbury Academic
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2019 (English)In: T & T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls / [ed] George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, p. 513-523Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
Keywords
Jewish Purity Laws, Early Judaism, Holiness
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380372 (URN)978-0-5673-5205-7 (ISBN)978-0-5676-6985-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-03-27 Created: 2019-03-27 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Schuller, E. M. & Wassén, C. (2019). Response: Past and Present Trends-Future Trajectories. Dead Sea Discoveries, 26(3), 397-412
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2019 (English)In: Dead Sea Discoveries, ISSN 0929-0761, E-ISSN 1568-5179, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 397-412Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, 2019
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400003 (URN)10.1163/15685179-12341524 (DOI)000499418400007 ()
Available from: 2019-12-18 Created: 2019-12-18 Last updated: 2019-12-18Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. & Crawford, S. W. (Eds.). (2018). Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism: Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
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2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. p. 226
Series
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, ISSN 1384-2161 ; 182
Keywords
Apocalyptic, Early Judaism, Demons, Eschatology, 1 Enoch, Jewish Temple
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-367094 (URN)9789004358379 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-28 Created: 2018-11-28 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2017). Matregler bland judar och kristustroende vid vår tideräknings början. Religion och Bibel, 71-72, 49-72
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2017 (Swedish)In: Religion och Bibel, ISSN 0347-2302, Vol. 71-72, p. 49-72Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nathan Söderblom-sällskapet, 2017
Keywords
rituell renhet, judiska matregler, måltider
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341772 (URN)
Projects
VR 2013-1044 “Jesus’ Attitude to Purity Laws”
Available from: 2018-02-14 Created: 2018-02-14 Last updated: 2018-10-05Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2016). Jesus' Table Fellowship with "Toll Collectors and Sinners" Questioning the Alleged Purity Implications. Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, 14(2), 137-157
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2016 (English)In: Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, ISSN 1476-8690, E-ISSN 1745-5197, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 137-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Jesus' attitude towards purity practices is a hotly debated issue. The majority of scholars argue that Jesus challenged purity halakhah in some way. One of the proofs cited to support the position that Jesus allegedly disregarded purity laws is that he ate with "tax collectors and sinners." Whereas purity concerns are not explicit on the story level in the texts, many scholars still find Jesus' actions contradictory to the norms. This paper discusses if purity plays a part, and if so how, in Jesus' sharing meals with people considered sinners. As I will show, purity concerns only play a minor role in Jesus' meal practice and there is nothing in his behaviour that indicates that he somehow challenged purity norms, only social norms.

Keywords
ritual purity, Jesus, tax collectors, toll collectors, meals, sinners
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314435 (URN)10.1163/17455197-01402004 (DOI)000391054200004 ()
Available from: 2017-02-02 Created: 2017-02-02 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Ålöw, T., Franke, L., Ljungberg, B. K., Löfstedt, T., Willgren, D., Nylund, J. H., . . . Green, S. (2016). Recensioner [Review]. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 81, 217-284
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2016 (Swedish)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 217-284Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Book reviews:

Herbert W. Basser with Marsha B. Cohen

The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary

(Tobias Ålöw)

Alicia J. Batten och John S. Kloppenborg (red.)

James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Early Jesus Traditions

(Leonhard Franke)

Bible Works 10 

(Bo Krister Ljungberg)

Derek R. Brown

The God of This Age: Satan in the Churches and Letters of the Apostle Paul

(Torsten Löfstedt)

William P. Brown (ed.)

The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms 

(David Willgren)

Constantine R. Campbell

Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament 

(Jan H. Nylund)

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford (ed.) 

The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship

(David Willgren)

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson and Beth Laneel Tanner 

The Book of Psalms

(David Willgren)

Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid och Baruch J. Schwartz (red.) 

The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research

(Stig Norin)

Ole Jakob Filtvedt

The Identity of God’s People and the Paradox of Hebrews

(Mikael Tellbe)

David Hellholm, Tor Vegge, Øyvind Norderval and Christer Hellholm (eds.)

Ablution, Initiation, and Baptism: Late Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity

(James A. Kelhoffer)

Wesley Hill 

Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters

(Mikael Tellbe)

Douglas S. Huffman

Verbal Aspect Theory and the Prohibitions in the Greek New Testament

(Jan H. Nylund)

Thomas Kazen

Scripture, Interpretation, or Authority? Motives and Arguments in Jesus’ Halakic Conflicts

(Cecilia Wassén)

Judith M. Lieu

Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in the Second Century

(James A. Kelhoffer)

L. Michael Morales (ed.)

Cult and Cosmos: Tilting Toward a Temple-Centered Theology

(Stefan Green)

Mark D. Nanos och Magnus Zetterholm (red.)

Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle

(Martin Landgren)

Carol A. Newsom och Brennan W. Breed

Daniel: A Commentary

(LarsOlov Eriksson)

Maren Niehoff (red.)

Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters

(Blazenka Scheuer)

Kurt L. Noll

Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion

(Richard Pleijel)

Ken Parry (ed.) 

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics

(Carl Johan Berglund)

Ralf Rothenbusch

“... abgesondert zur Tora Gottes hin”: Ethnisch-religiöse Identitäten im Esra/Nehemiabuch

(Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer)

Michael L. Satlow

How the Bible Became Holy

(Martin Wessbrandt)

Birke Siggelkow-Berner

Die jüdischen Feste im Bellum Judaicum des Flavius Josephus

(Birger Olsson)

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer och Hans M. Barstad (red.)

Continuity and Discontinuity: Chronological and Thematic Development in Isaiah 40–66

(Stefan Green)

W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107–150

(David Willgren)

Helmut Utzschneider och Wolfgang Oswald

Exodus 1–15

(LarsOlov Eriksson)

Urban C. Von Wahlde

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 1:Introduction, Analysis, and Reference 

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 2: Commentary on the Gospel of John

The Gospel and Letters of John, vol. 3: Commentary on the Three Johannine Letters

(Birger Olsson)

Benjamin L. White

Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle

(Martin Wessbrandt)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska exegetiska sällskapet, 2016
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313820 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2016). The (Im)purity Levels of Communal Meals within the Qumran Movement. Journal of Ancient Judaism, 7(1), 102-122
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Ancient Judaism, ISSN 1869-3296, E-ISSN 2196-7954, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 102-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholars usually take for granted that the sectarian members of the Qumran movement ate their common meals in full purity at a level that is often compared to that of the priests serving in the temple. This assumption rests on the interpretation of hatohorah, "the purity," as pertaining to common meals. But a careful study of a range of texts, including the important Tohorot A, leads to a more nuanced picture. Accordingly, it is important to distinguish between the common, everyday meals of the movement and the special meals. Whereas a mild level of impurity of the participants was accepted at the ordinary type of communal meals, special meals required purity. Even at these pure meals, there were variations concerning the required level of purity depending on the occasion.

National Category
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311210 (URN)10.13109/jaju.2016.7.1.102 (DOI)000388244800007 ()
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2016). The Jewishness of Jesus and Ritual Purity. Paper presented at Symposium on Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries Today, MAR 25-27, 2015, Abo Akademi Univ, Turku, FINLAND. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 27, 11-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Jewishness of Jesus and Ritual Purity
2016 (English)In: Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, ISSN 0582-3226, ISSN 0582-3226, Vol. 27, p. 11-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Today it is commonplace for historical Jesus scholars to emphasize Jesus’ Jewishness. At thesame time most New Testament scholars deny that he cared about the Jewish purity system,which was a central aspect of early Judaism. This article examines how such a reconstruction ofthe historical Jesus would influence his Jewishness, arguing that it indeed would make such a Jesusfigure ‘less Jewish’. The article also investigates questions concerning what Jewish identity in thelate Second Temple period entails and how we may characterize the Judaism of Jesus’ time, especiallyin relation to purity concerns. Finally, I examine key Gospel texts that are commonly used asevidence to prove Jesus’ alleged disinterest in purity laws. On the basis of a proper understandingof how the purity system functioned in Jesus’ time, I conclude that there is no evidence for the viewthat Jesus was disinterested in matters of purity; quite the opposite.

Keywords
purity, historical Jesus, Jewish identity
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291283 (URN)000406840200001 ()
Conference
Symposium on Jewish Studies in the Nordic Countries Today, MAR 25-27, 2015, Abo Akademi Univ, Turku, FINLAND
Projects
Jesus’ Attitude to Purity LawsBeyond Theology: Ancient Polemics, Identity formation, and Modern Scholarship
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2013-1044Swedish Research Council, 2013-1406
Available from: 2016-04-30 Created: 2016-04-30 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C. (2016). The Use of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Interpreting Jesus's Action in the Temple. Dead Sea Discoveries, 23(3), 280-303
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Use of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Interpreting Jesus's Action in the Temple
2016 (English)In: Dead Sea Discoveries, ISSN 0929-0761, E-ISSN 1568-5179, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 280-303Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to understand Jesus's violent outburst in the temple, scholars frequently turn to Jewish texts from the late Second Temple Period, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. The same texts are used to support contrasting explanations of the event. This paper evaluates these interpretations and offers an analysis of the key texts on the Jerusalem temple in the Scrolls. It concludes that the negative attitudes towards the temple that are reflected in Jesus's action and some of the sectarian writings from Qumran share an expectation that the temple would become defiled in the end time. From such an apocalyptic perspective, it did not matter how the temple priests actually ran their business, since they were bound to be criticized by those Jews, such as Jesus and the Qumran sectarians, for whom the final age had arrived.

Keywords
Temple, Jesus, Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Apocalyptic Expectations
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314431 (URN)10.1163/15685179-12341405 (DOI)000390922900003 ()
Available from: 2017-02-02 Created: 2017-02-02 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
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