"The One Who Is To Come" begins with a linguistic discussion of the term messiah, then demonstrates the gradual emergence of the idea of a future, dynasty-continuing David, before finally examining the "anointed one" language in the latest biblical text, "Daniel 9". It also examines the use of the term in the Septuagint and extrabiblical Jewish writings, as well as the New Testament, Targums, and the Mishnah. Fitzmyer's masterful study presents a novel, biblical thesis that will appeal to scholars, students, and all who wish to investigate the complex history of messianism.
Joseph Fitzmyer is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of over 40 books including The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins and Spiritual Exercises Based on Paul's Epistle to the Romans, both published by Eerdmans.