E. P. Sanders contended Judaism in the Second Temple period was not a religion of individual salvation (278). God made a covenant with the people of Israel and it is the people who will be preserved. The eschatology of Israel is a national eschatology rather than personal. What “future hopes” are found in the first century, they are hopes which concern the people of Israel as a whole rather than individuals.Past posts in Phil Long's series on the Second Temple Period are noted here and links, with a side turn toward Greco-Roman religion here and links.
It is likely most Jews longed for freedom from Rome. ...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Long on messianic hopes and the Great Revolt
READING ACTS: Messianic Hopes and the Jewish Revolt.