From Messianology to Christology: Problems and Prospects in "The Messiah: Developments in Earliest Judaism and Christianity"

James H. Charlesworth

From Messianology to Christology: Problems and Prospects
From Messianology to Christology: Problems and Prospects

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How did the Jews from 250 B.C.E. to 200 C.E. conceive and express their beliefs in the coming of God's Messiah? Why did the Jews closely associated with Jesus of Nazareth claim within ten years of his crucifixion in 30 C.E. that he indeed was the promised Messiah? An international team of prominent Jewish and Christian scholars discuss these and related questions in this volume that stems from the First Princeton Symposium on Judaism and Christian Origins.

The book focuses on the historical and theological importance of the presence or absence of the term "Messiah" and messianic ideas in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, Philo, the Apocrypha, the Pseudepigrapha, Josephus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. It clarifies the key issues to be discussed, illustrates the appropriate methodology shared by international experts, and concentrates on the perplexing questions regarding messianic beliefs in Judaism and Christianity before the close of the New Testament and the editing of the Mishnah.

  • Table of Contents
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • PART ONE - INTRODUCTION
    • 1. J. H. Charlesworth - From Messianology to Christology: Problems and Prospects
  • PART TWO - MESSIANIC IDEAS AND THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
    • 2. J. J. M. Roberts - The Old Testaments Contribution to Messianic Expectations
    • 3. J. G. Heintz - Royal Traits and Messianic Figures: A Thematic and Iconographical Approach (Mesopotamian Elements)
    • 4. P. D. Hanson - Messiahs and Messianic Figures in Proto-Apocalypticism
  • PART THREE - MESSIANOLOGY IN EARLY JUDAISM AND EARLY RABBINICS
    • 5. S. Talmon - The Concept of Mašîah and Messianism in Early Judaism
    • 6. L. H. Schiffman - Messianic Figures and Ideas in the Qumran Scrolls
    • 7. F. H. Borsch - Further Refiections on "The Son of Man:" The Origins andDevelopment of the Title
    • 8. M. Black - The Messianism of the Parables of Enoch; Their Date and Contributions to Christological Origins
    • 9. J. C. Vanderkam - Righteous One, Messiah, Chosen One, and Son of Man in 1 Enoch 37-71
    • 10. B. L. Mack - The Christ and Jewish Wisdom
    • 11. J. Priest - A Note on the Messianic Banquet
    • 12. B. M. Bokser - Messianism, the Exodus Pattern, and Early Rabbinic Judaism
  • PART FOUR - "MESSIANISM" IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS AND IN PHILO
    • 13. D., Mendels - Pseudo-Philo's Biblical Antiquities, the "Fourth Philosophy", and the Political Messianism of the First Century C.E.
    • 14. R. A. Horsley - "Messianic" Figures and Movements in First-Century Palestine
    • 15. A. F. Segal - Conversion and Messianism: Outline for a New Approach
    • 16. P Borgen - "There Shall Come Forth a Man:" Reflections on Messianic Ideas in Philo
  • PART FIVE - "THE MESSIAH" AND JESUS OF NAZARETH
    • 17. J. D. G. Dunn - Messianic Ideas and Their Influence on the Jesus of History
    • 18. N. A. Dahl - Messianic Ideas and the Crucifixion of Jesus
    • 19. D. E. Aune - Christian Prophecy and the Messianic Status of Jesus
  • PART SIX - "THE MESSIAH," "THE CHRIST," AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
    • 20. M. Hengel - Christological Titles in Early Christianity
    • 21. D. H. Juel - The Origin of Marks Christology
    • 22. R. G. Hamerton-Kelly - Sacred Violence and the Messiah: The Markan Passion Narrative as a Redefinition of Messianology
    • 23. W. D. Davies - The Jewish Sources of Matthews Messianism
    • 24. H. Anderson - The Jewish Antecedents of the Christology in Hebrews
    • 25. A. Yarbro Collins - The "Son of Man" Tradition and the Book of Revelation
  • Indexes
    • Ancient Sources
      • Biblical References
      • Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
      • Dead Sea Scrolls
      • Rabbinics
      • Other Ancient Sources
    • Modern Authors


Pages: 628
Publisher: Fortress Press
Published: 2009
ISBN-10: 0800697588
ISBN-13: 9780800697587

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