A founding member of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research, Professor David Flusser was one of the world’s leading Jewish authorities on Early Christianity. His pioneering research on Jesus and Christianity’s relationship to Judaism won him international recognition, and his collaboration with Robert Lindsey inspired a new approach to the Synoptic Gospels.
As a young man Flusser studied at the University of Prague. While there he met Josef Perl, a pastor and member of the Unity of Bohemian Brethren. They spent many evenings in conversation together, resulting in Flusser’s enduring interest in Jesus’ teachings and the Jewish origins of Christianity.
Flusser left his native Eastern Europe for the Middle East just before the start of World War II, arriving in Palestine in 1939. In 1957 he received his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he later taught in the Comparative Religions department for many years. Professors Brad Young and Steven Notley wrote their doctoral dissertations under his supervision.
Flusser could converse fluently in nine languages and read in seventeen others. A member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Flusser was frequently recognized for his scholarship. In 1980, he was awarded the Israel Prize, the State of Israel’s most prestigious honor. In 2000, he was awarded the Rothschild Prize for Jewish Sciences. He died and was buried in Jerusalem on Friday, September 15, 2000, his 83rd birthday.