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A new vision for Israel : the teachings of Jesus in national context
McKnight, Scot.
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Grand Rapids, MI : W.B. Eerdmans, [1999]

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xiv, 263 pages ; 24 cm
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BT590.J8 M34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The most important development in recent historical Jesus studies is the attempt to understand the ministry of Jesus in "political" terms. In calling the nation of Israel to repentance, Jesus served as a national prophet concerned with the salvation of Israel. Scot McKnight furthers this line of inquiry by showing how Jesus' teachings are to be understood in relation to his role as a political figure. McKnight looks closely at Jesus' teachings on God, the kingdom, and ethics, demonstrating in each case how Jesus' mission to restore Israel brings his teachings into a bold new light.

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McKnight (North Park Univ., Chicago) follows British New Testament scholars G.B. Caird and N.T. Wright in trying to place Jesus squarely in his national context. In particular, McKnight contends that Jesus shared the political vision of John the Baptist: the restoration of Israel as a nation, not as a new religion. The book's largest chapter presents the teaching of Jesus about God, emphasizing that this topic has been unduly neglected in recent New Testament studies. According to McKnight, Jesus portrays God as inflexibly holy and relationally loving. The book's next two chapters characterize the teaching of Jesus about God's kingdom now present and yet to come, and the final two chapters explain the ethic of Jesus in connection with the topics of conversion, cost, and morality. Overall, the book is remarkably lucid and informative, exemplifying careful attention to much significant literature on its topics. McKnight makes very good sense of how Jesus could have ended up on a Roman criminal's cross; in doing so, he improves on many contemporary treatments of the historical Jesus. A related work is N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God (1996). Highly recommended for all college libraries. All academic levels and general readers. P. K. Moser; Loyola University of Chicago