Saturday, November 25, 2017

Juel, Messianic Exegesis

Title: Messianic Exegesis
Sub-title: Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early Christianity

Series: (Library of Early Christology Series)
By (author): Donald H. Juel
ISBN10-13: 1481307959 : 9781481307956
Format: Paperback
Size: 230x155mm
Pages: 205
Weight: .348 Kg.
Published: Baylor University Press (US) - August 2017
List Price: 28.99 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock Qty Available: 9
Subjects: History of religion : Church history : New Testaments : Biblical studies & exegesis : Christian theology

While the relationship between Second Temple Jewish exegesis and early Christian exegesis as demonstrated in the New Testament is universally recognized, the reasons for their similarities and differences are often elusive. Donald H Juel in Messianic Exegesis seeks to unknot this tangled web of interpretation. Juel's thesis is simple: Christianity's origins are rooted in the earliest Christian interpretations of Israel's Scriptures. The difficulty resides in showing how these distinctive interpretations arose. Juel argues that the events of Jesus' life form the fulcrum for the Christian re-reading of Jewish Scripture. In particular, Juel shows how Christian belief in a crucified and risen Messiah guided both the selection and appropriation of Old Testament texts -- texts like 2 Samuel 7, Daniel 7, and Psalms 2 and 110. With the confession "Jesus is the Messiah" as the central claim of Christianity, Juel is able to show the fluidity of contemporary Jewish exegesis while also making the anomalous uses of Scripture within the early Christian community understandable. Christians proclaimed Jesus as Messiah throughout their exegesis and thereby defined their emerging community through the way they read Scripture.
Another in Baylor's new Library of Early Christology reprint series, on which more here and links.

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