Apocalyptic Prophet - Frank Hager Introduction to the New...

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Frank Hager Introduction to the New Testament Review #5 March 15, 2010 Apocalyptic Prophet “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” (Matthew 3:2) is one of the clearest examples in the Gospel of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet. But what does the world ‘near’ entail? Could near mean tomorrow or could it be next year, a hundred years, or millennium? Did Jesus actually say this, or was the writer of Matthew trying to emphasis a Jesus as the Jewish Savior? Scholars have debated whether or not Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet; I believe it was not just a matter of Jesus being apocalyptic, but also early Christians defining him as apocalyptic. In order to answer this question, we must put ourselves in the shoes of early followers of Christ, particularly the writers and leaders of this mission. It was clear that during this time period, the majority of the Jewish population faced the oppression of their Roman rulers. Although the small percentage of Jews who were in power, such as the Sadducees, lived
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course NES 2326 taught by Professor Haines-eitzen during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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