Jesus’ Death & the
Gathering of True Israel
The Johannine Appropriation of Restoration
Theology in the Light of John 11.47-52

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No. 217

By John A. Dennis
December 2006
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161488214         
429 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/8 x 9 1/8"
$137.50 Paper Original

Taking seriously the Gospel as a unified narrative and the Gospel's late first-century Jewish setting, John Dennis investigates the Fourth Gospel's appropriation of Jewish restoration theology. Employing John 11.47-52 as the starting point, the author argues that one of the primary functions of restoration theology in John is to interpret Jesus' death in the light of Jewish restoration expectations.

A new angle on Jesus' death in the Fourth Gospel emerges from this study: Jesus' death effects the restoration of Israel, the restoration that was engendered by the Prophets and expected by many Jews of the Second Temple period. It is also argued that John was 'primarily' concerned with Israel's restoration and not with a mission to the nations. In this light, a fresh interpretation of the "children of God" (11.52) is offered.


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