Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1.15 (The Library of New Testament Studies)

Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1.15 (The Library of New Testament Studies)

By: Ma'Afu Palu (author)Paperback

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This work offers an examination of Jesus' conception of time on the basis of Mark 1.15. Palu contends that the background which makes Mark 1.15 most intelligible is God's covenant with day and night which is established in the act of creation, specified in prophetic eschatology, and developed in Second Temple literature; it is God's commitment to give day and night in their appointed time, promising the restoration of Israel under David's offspring. On the basis of recent developments in scholarly literature concerning the Greek verbal aspect, this study argues that the perfect verbs in Mark 1.15 denote an ongoing dynamic of time fulfilment, closely tied to the ultimate restoration of Israel. This begins with the appearance of Jesus during the days of John the Baptist and is mapped onto two phases of the horizon of Jesus' view of time. Palu concludes that the biblical notion of time is to be tied intimately to the hope of the restoration of Israel, ultimately manifested as the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

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Ma'afu Palu is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Sia'atoutai Theological College in Tonga teaching Old Testament, New Testament and the Biblical languages. He has received his PhD from the University of Western Sydney in 2009 through Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.


Introduction 1. Jesus' Conception of Time in Biblical Scholarship 2. The Time-Word in Mark 1.15: A History of Interpretation 3. Jesus' Understanding of Time in Mark 1.15 against its Jewish Background 4. Jesus' Understanding of Time in Mark 1.15: Exegetical-Theological Observations 5. The Beginning of the Fulfilment of Time 6. Jesus' Conception of Time in Mark 1.15. Observations from Mark's Gospel 7. From Jesus to Paul: Time Conceptions within a common Eschatological Framework Conclusion

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  • publication date: 16/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780567466884
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780567466884
  • weight: 457
  • ISBN10: 0567466884

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