Thursday, January 09, 2003

Jesus Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium

I've been reading this book for the past several days and just noticed the title. It is very deceptive. The book is written by a scholar who basically argues that Jesus was an apocalyptist who believed that God was about to intervene in history and turn everything upside down. Later when this didn't happen Jesus disciples wrote the gospels and cleaned up Jesus' works.

I'm reading it because he neatly gathers all of the references to the kingdom and parousia in one place. He argues to support his premise but it is amazing that as you read the passages you rediscover the part of the gospel that has been ignored for the last forty years and was responsible for people leaving everything to follow Jesus.