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Messianic Exegesis: Christological Interpretation of the Old Test. in Early Christianity

Messianic Exegesis

Christological Interpretation of the Old Test. in Early Christianity

Donald Juel (Author)

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Professor Juel defends a simple thesis: "The beginnings of Christian reflection can be traced to interpretation of Israel's scriptures, and the major focus of that scriptural interpretation was Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah." He therefore proceeds to demonstrate how certain Old Testament texts came to be applied to Jesus as Christ. He argues that the interpretative application of such texts to Jesus was part of the interior logic of Christianity.
  • Introduction
  • Messianic Exegesis: Developing an Approach
  • Biblical Interpretation in the First Century C.E.
  • Christ the King: Christian Interpretation of 2 Samuel 7
  • Christ the Crucified: Christian Interpretation of the Psalms
  • The Servant Christ: Christian Interpretation of Second Isaiah
  • Christ at the Right Hand: The Use of Psalm 110 in the New Testament
  • The Risen Christ and the Son of Man: Christian Use of Daniel 7
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Passages
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800627072
  • Pages 208
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Publication Date July 20, 1992

Endorsements

"Professor Juel has given us a brilliant work of disciplined imagination . . . and for my part I detect a breath of fresh air . . . Professor Juel's book makes an extremely valuable contribution not only to the study of how the earliest Christians interpreted the Hebrew Scriptures but also to our understanding of Christian origins."
— Rowan Greer
Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Though the relationship between Jewish modes of exegesis and the New Testament is recognized by everyone, few scholars actually succeed in illustrating that connection in intimate detail. Into the short and exclusive list of expert exegetes who can uncover the dynamic argument of a New Testament text, we must now put Donald Juel, whose new book Messianic Exegesis will certainly serve as a mode for how to investigate the problem of the use of the Old Testament in the New in the future."
— Alan F. Segal
Word and World

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations
    Introduction

  1. Messianic Exegesis: Developing an Approach
    The Problem
    Excursus: C.H. Dodd
    A Proposal
    Excursus: Alternative Opinions

  2. Rules of the Game: Biblical Interpretation in the First Century C.E.
    The Need for Exegesis
    Midrashic Exegesis

  3. Christ the King: Christian Interpretation of 2 Samuel 7
    2 Samuel 7 in the Qumran Scrolls
    2 Samuel 7 in the New Testament

  4. Christ the Crucified: Christian Interpretation of the Psalms
    The Role of the Psalms in the Passion Tradition
    The Psalms in the Passion Narrative
    The Psalms in Mark's Gospel
    Messianic Interpretation of the Psalms
    Excursus: "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"
    Conclusions

  5. The Servant-Christ: Christian Interpretation of Second Isaiah
    Suffering Servant
    Christian Interpretation: The Servant-Christ

  6. Christ at the Right Hand: The Use of Psalm 110 in the New Testament
    Overview of Influence
    Jewish Background
    The Origin of Christian Exegesis
    Conclusions

  7. The Risen Christ and the Son of Man: Christian Use of Daniel 7
    The Son of Man
    New Testament Allusions to Daniel 7
    Jewish Interpretation
    Interpretation and Conclusions

    Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index of Passages
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