Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question

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Baker Academic, Aug 1, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
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Did Jesus claim to be the long-awaited "messiah"? Going against much contemporary scholarship, Australian scholar Michael Bird argues that he did. He begins by exploring the messianic expectations in the Old Testament and Second Temple Jewish literature. Next, Bird points out weaknesses in current arguments that "Messiah," or "Christ," was a title given to Jesus by the early church but not used by Jesus himself. Bird then examines the Gospels and related literature, finding in Jesus's words and actions evidence that he saw himself as the messiah described in the Scriptures of Israel and believed that Israel's restoration hinged on the outcome of his ministry.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
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Jesus Who Is Called the Christ
23
Messianic Expectations in Second Temple Judaism
31
Messiah Jesusa Role Declined?
63
Messiah Jesusa Role Redefined?
77
Messiah Jesusa Crucified Messiah? 117 Toward a Messianic Christology
161
Bibliography
169
Index of Subjects
193
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources
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Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College in Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission and The Saving Righteousness of God, and is a co-contributor to the biblical studies blog "Euangelion."

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