Item description for Jesus, Paul and the End of the World: A Comparative Study in New Testament Eschatology by Ben Witherington III...
Overview IVP Print On Demand Title Ben Wetherington takes a hard look at the Gospel texts and makes a thorough and critical assessment of Paul's eschatology. For each topic examined; the language of imminence, the dominion of God, the community of Christ, the Israel of God, the day of the Lord and the resurrection of the dead; he compares and contrasts Jesus and Paul. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of New Testament eschatology.
Publishers Description More than eighty years ago Albert Schweitzer posed a question of enduring debate for New Testament scholarship. Did Jesus--and later Paul--believe that the apocalyptic kingdom of God was about to appear, bringing an end to this world? Indeed, what were the eschatological teachings of Jesus and Paul? Is there any appreciable continuity between the two? Ben Witherington takes a hard look at the Gospel texts and makes a thorough and critical assessment of Paul's eschatology. For each topic examined--the language of imminence, the dominion of God, the community of Christ, the Israel of God, the day of the Lord and the resurrection of the dead--he compares and contrasts Jesus and Paul. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of New Testament eschatology. With the second millennium drawing to a close and world events sparking the speculations of popular religious imaginations, Witherington provides a timely and sober re-examination of a topic too long neglected by serious scholarship.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.78" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.84" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition Print on Demand
ISBN 083081759X ISBN13 9780830817597
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More About Ben Witherington III
Ben Witherington III has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary Kentucky.
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A Great Discussion of Jesus and Paul's View of Eschatology Jun 30, 2006
Dr. Witherington concludes that Jesus and Paul shared a common understanding of how the end of the world would pan out. They both saw a time in the future when the Messiah would return and save national Israel and they both taught that we are in essence living in the last days already.
Witherington also defines the word basileia (kingdom) as referring to both a realm and a reign. It can refer to the saving power and presence of Jesus Christ (Luke 17:21), and it can also refer to a place to be entered (Matthew 7:21).
Basically, Ben is a premillennial posttribulationist. He rejects the notion that there could be a rapture at any moment where Jesus returns and takes us to heaven. He contends that there will be one coming of Christ at the end of the age and that we will reign with Him on the earth.
I should also say that although this book is published by Intervarsity Press, it is not one of their light reading popular releases. You'll need to wear your thinking cap for this book. But those who read it will be greatly rewarded with rich discussions of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15, and the meaning of the Yom Yahweh (The Day of the Lord). Although I might demur on some specifics (the question of whether or not the coming of Christ is imminent), the book is one of the best studies of the end times out there. Buy this book and read it.
Fine Insights into the Parousia May 15, 2001
Witherington is a noted NT scholar and prolific writer. In this volume he seeks to answer the hypothesis if Jesus and Paul believe that the apocalyptic kingdom was to appear very soon.
He is conservative in his approach and conclusions, and exhaustive in his consideration of others' conclusions as well.
I agree that Paul walked a tightrope between realized and unrealized eschatology, or the now but not yet tension. He considers the important topic of the kingdom of God, one of Jesus' favorite sermon topics.
He correctly concludes that the intermediate state (what is going on with the departed between the Ascension and Return of Christ) is silent in Scripture.
He is afterall a academic exegete, so he is careful with his conclusions, and meticulous in his exegesis. He turns to no hyper millenial speculation.
Only serious NT students and those interested in eschatology will enjoy this study. Not a place to begin.