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This book examines the eschatology of Jesus by evaluating his appropriation of sacred traditions related to Israel's restoration and addresses the way in which Jesus' future expectations impinged upon his understanding of Jewish society. It breaks new ground by considering Jesus' expectations regarding key constitutional features of the eschaton--the shape of the people of God, purity, Land and Temple. Bryan demonstrates that Jesus' anticipation of coming national judgement led him to use Israel's sacred traditions in ways that differed significantly from their use by his contemporaries.
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Steven M. Bryan is Dean of Studies and Instructor of New Testament at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. He has been involved in theological education in Ethiopia since 1992. During this time he also completed a Ph.D at Cambridge University.Review:
"Bryan's monograph is thought-provoking and stimulating. It certainly moves us one step closer to the solution of major questions which still remain in historical Jesus research." Trinity Journal
"...full of good analysis and helpful information relating to the work and mission of Jesus. ...[a] clearly written and well organized work. Those who are Jesus scholars or who would like a fresh look at the question of the restoration of Israel will want to give it careful attention." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"...B. offers some intriguing analysis....his argument deserves a hearing." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"a superb study...marked by clarity, logic, and fresh exegesis of the relevant materials." The Westminster Theological Journal
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