The Restoration of Israel: Israel's Re-gathering and the Fate of the Nations in Early Jewish Literature and Luke-Acts

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Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - Religion - 332 pages
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This study identifies and explores texts of restoration in a wide selection of Early Jewish Literature in order to assess the variety of ways in which Jews envisioned Israel's future restoration. Particular attention is given to the expression of restoration in what is identified in the present study as the exilic model of restoration. In this model, Israel's restoration is characterized by the features of (a) a future re-gathering, (b) the fate of the nations, and (c) the establishment of a new Temple. The present work focuses primarily on the first two features. Through this framework Jews in the Greco-Roman period could draw on Israel's history and legacy, but re-appropriate 'exile and return' in new and creative ways. Finally, the writing of Luke-Acts is investigated for its ideas of restoration and its indebtedness to Early Jewish traditions.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Approach and Method
11
Israels Future Regatherings
23
The Regathering of Israel from Israel
48
The Return as Spiritual Journey
84
Chapter 2
102
The Defeat of the Nations as the Dominant Fate
113
The Historic Restoration under Persia
114
The Anticipation of Restoration Luke 12
204
Israels Regathering and the Twelve
239
Luke and the Babylonian Exile Acts 7
264
Conclusion
270
Index of References
310
ApocryphaPseudepigrapha
314
Dead Sea Scrolls
320
Philo
324

Divine Intervention and Israels Role
148
Psalms of Solomon
162
Gentile Sovereignty and Israels Restoration
184
Chapter 3
197

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Michael E. Fuller, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.

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