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A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context (Studying the Historical Jesus) [Paperback]

By Scot McKnight (Author)
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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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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 26, 1999
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802842127  
ISBN13  9780802842121  

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More About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight Scot McKnightis the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois. His many other books includeThe Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others;A Community Called Atonement; and the NICNT commentary on James. He also writes the award-winningJesus Creedblog at"

Scot McKnight currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.

Scot McKnight has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ancient Practices
  2. Biblical Guides
  3. Bringing the Bible to Life
  4. Comentarios Biblicos Con Aplicacion NVI
  5. Guides to New Testament Exegesis
  6. Library of New Testament Studies
  7. Living Theology
  8. Mersion: Emergent Village Resources for Communities of Faith
  9. NIV Application Commentary
  10. Rzim Critical Questions Discussion Guides
  11. Story of God Bible Commentaries
  12. Story of God Bible Commentary
  13. Studying the Historical Jesus

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a pastor's guide to the New Testament Jesus  Jun 14, 2005
With so much confusion about "what is the church?", Scot McKnight writes about a more important prior question: "Who is Jesus?" McKnight's section on Jesus' table fellowship was one of the best I've read. McKnight anchors Jesus in the dusty roads of Galilee and Jerusalem as a man and prophet of 2nd Temple Judaism. I found the book both immensely helpful as historical scholarship and readily practical as a pastoral resource. Centuries of theological discussions and debates about Jesus have led us away from the rugged and bold historical figure that Jesus was. I highly recommend this book.
Jesus: Prophet of Israel's Renewal  Mar 19, 2005
Many presentations of Jesus describe him as a wandering sage, dispensing wisdom (such as egalitarianism) congenial to the contemporary ear. Other presentations focus on Jesus' teaching within the Judaism of his day, but see it as so uneventful that it wouldn't have provoked the Jewish leadership of his time. Scot McKnight argues that any credible picture of Jesus must: (1) explain Jesus in his Jewish context; and (2) explain why Jesus' teaching aroused such opposition that he was crucified.

McKnight discusses Jesus' view of God, the present kingdom, the future kingdom and Jesus' ethics. Some of this material is familiar (such as the review of the present/future kingdom in terms of Schweitzer, Dodd, Manson and the like) but even here the discussion is informative.

McKnight's position is that Jesus was an eschatological prophet of Israel's renewal. Jesus was unhappy about the direction of Israel and he offered national renewal based on table fellowship, forgiveness of sins and a more intimate relationship with the father in which those who followed God would form a reconstituted Israel. His appointing the Twelve to lead a renewed Israel and his occupation of the Temple were obvious claim of authority that challenged the Jewish leadership.

The most interesting portion of the book is McKnight's discussion of the future kingdom. The future kingdom, which was imminent, involved the overthrow of the Romans, the restoration of the twelve tribes, and the coming of God in full glory. Jesus didn't know exactly when this would occur, but he knew that it would occur within a generation. McKnight argues that Jesus "did not see past 70 A.D." and that his predictions were fulfilled in 70 A.D., when the Romans sacked Jerusalem. This view is often called "preterism" and McKnight's presentation of it in this book is the first presentation by a mainstream publisher of which I'm aware.

This position has certain things to commend to it; in particular it resolves claims that Jesus was mistaken about an imminent end of the world by recasting such prophecies as a judgment on Israel. Yet it leads to a few problems:

1. There are certain passages in Jesus' teaching that lead most of McKnight's fellow evangelicals to conclude that some of Jesus' predictions refer to the end of the world. Many verses susceptible to this interpretation are glossed over. For example, Jesus taught that there would be judgment of the nations. McKnight argues that because the Roman Empire constituted most of the known world, Rome's sack of Israel constituted a judgment on the world. Huh? And, if Jesus believed that the kingdom involved the overthrow of the Romans, then it's clear that he was mistaken.

2. The role of the church and the gentiles also becomes problematic. If Jesus' message was directed exclusively towards Israel, then what of the situation that eventually developed: a church, consisting of predominantly of gentiles? McKnight discusses the church and the gentiles on a few occasions (none of which is mentioned in the book's crummy index) but how this fits into Jesus' teaching isn't made clear. McKnight seems to believe that perhaps the most famous statement in the gospels -"you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church" - a creation of the church.

This is one of the more interesting books on Jesus that I've read in a while, and it can be read with profit even by those who don't agree with McKnight's A.D. 70 theory.
A scholarly defense of preterist eschatology  Apr 28, 2003
Not since J. Stuart Russell's too too often ignored book (at least, in the halls of hallowed "academia") The Parousia, has a scholarly work come along that seeks to make a Biblical and historical case for the first-century fulfillment of Jesus' prophetic claims.

Quoting a vast amount of scholarly resources,(I cannot emphasize that enough, as "preterist" books are frequently authored by laymen or self taught Bible students with little, or no, formal training in ancient languages and Biblical studies) McKnight argues that for Jesus the great event (apart from His resurrection) that must be reckoned with as a turning point in the history of the world was the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.  May 21, 2001
McKnight has given us a profound work on Jesus Christ, and his teachings in their historical context, namely first century Judaism. His insights follow closely in the train of Tom Wright and G.B Caird. McKnight's treatment of the Kingdom of God is excellent. His study of Jesus' so-called Olivet discourse is sober and penetrating. Yet few I think would follow McKnight to the conclusion he draws about Jesus' exposition.

This work should be seriously consulted by the student and/or disciple of Christ.

Rick E Aguirre Reader in Biblical Studies Southern California <><

Excellent Study of the Historical Jesus  May 2, 1999
Through this book, Scot McKnight visually details the development of Jesus in a historical context with emphasis on the teachings of God, the kingdom, and ethics of Jesus. An excellent resource for studying who Jesus really was.

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