Who comes from the East and the West? Luke 13.28-29/ Matt 8.11-12 and the historical Jesus

Bird, Michael (2006) Who comes from the East and the West? Luke 13.28-29/ Matt 8.11-12 and the historical Jesus. New Testament Studies, 52 4: 441-457. doi:10.1017/S0028688506000257


Author Bird, Michael
Title Who comes from the East and the West? Luke 13.28-29/ Matt 8.11-12 and the historical Jesus
Journal name New Testament Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-6885
1469-8145
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0028688506000257
Volume 52
Issue 4
Start page 441
End page 457
Total pages 17
Place of publication Cambridge, England, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Since Joachim Jeremias' Jesu Verheissung für die Völker (1956) it has often been assumed that in Matt 8.11–12 Jesus looked forward to the inclusion of gentiles into the kingdom at the eschaton. However, several recent studies, most notably by Dale C. Allison, have called this view into question and have instead advocated that the logion refers to the regathering of the Diaspora. The purpose of this study is to evaluate Allison's arguments and to propose that a gentile reference is implicit in the logion based on: (1) the broader context of the inter-textual echoes of passages concerning the regathering of Jewish exiles; and (2) a wider ethnic membership for those who participate in the patriarchal banquet based on the reference to ‘Abraham’. Furthermore, the logion is interpreted in the historical Jesus' ministry through the lens of a partially realized eschatology. As such the saying represents Jesus' contention that Israel's restoration was already becoming a reality and that gentiles were already entering the kingdom as an embryonic foretaste of their inclusion at the eschaton.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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