Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish by Daniel Lynwood Smith

By Daniel Lynwood Smith

Daniel Lynwood Smith orients readers of the recent testomony to its old and cultural settings, introducing the forged of characters, and illuminating key ideas through exploring their use in old texts. Smith comprises quotations from many fundamental assets together with Josephus, Tacitus, the Qumran group, Pliny the more youthful, and different conscientiously selected texts from lesser-known old assets. those texts are all rigorously woven including remark, to supply a story framework for the fabric and consultant scholars throughout the textual content. A word list of complicated phrases is equipped, to make every thing as transparent as attainable for the newcomer to New testomony studies.

This integrative strategy either introduces the foremost resources to the reader and elaborates on their value for figuring out the recent testomony. In an admirably concise layout Smith is ready to disguise the military-political historical past of Israel-Palestine, the messianic pursuits of moment Temple Judaism, the traditional perform of crucifixion and the advance of the Christian canon. via immersion in those historic Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman texts and contexts, modern readers take a step in the direction of experiencing the hot testomony with first-century eyes and ears.

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To answer this question, we need to begin with the word itself, “kingdom” (basileia). How would first-century Greekspeakers hear this word? After exploring a range of meanings, we can turn to the political history of Israel-Palestine for further insight into how firstcentury Jews might hear Jesus’ proclamation. ” We find a clear instance of basileia meaning “kingship” or “royal rule” in the book of Revelation. There, an angel explains to John of Patmos what his latest vision means: “And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power (basileia), but they will receive authority as kings (exousian hōs basileis) for one hour, along with the beast” (Rev 17:12).

2; OTP translation). 2-7). 11-15), there is a lengthy eschatological prophecy: Then his kingdom will appear throughout his whole creation. Then the devil will have an end. Yea, sorrow will be led away with him. Then will be filled the hands of the messenger, who is in the highest place appointed. Yea, he will at once avenge them of their enemies. For the Heavenly One will arise from his kingly throne. 27 28 Into the World of the New Testament Yea, he will go forth from his holy habitation with indignation and wrath on behalf of his sons.

E. (the year that the Jewish revolt began). In his autobiographical Life, Josephus claims that he tried to convince his fellow Jews not to revolt, but was unsuccessful. Still, he was appointed as the commander of Galilee, where he led the rebel forces. He held this post until he was captured by the Romans in Jotapata, following a two-month siege. E. E. Josephus was offered an estate outside of Jerusalem, but he declined. Presumably, he was aware that he was perceived as a traitor by his fellow Jews.

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