On 7/22/2010 4:59 AM, Dennis Goffin wrote:
> A comment made in respect of my Meditation on COSMOLOGY& APOCALYPTIC was "So far as I know, very few NT scholars believe that Jesus propounded an "interim ethic", let alone that the ethical teaching is a result of any belief on Jesus' part that the world was going to end soon."
> I don't remember Schweitzer being in any numerical majority when he first forced the academic world to face the eschatological context of Jesus' teaching, nor am I aware that the eschatological context has suddenly become airbrushed from the discussion in toto. I accept that I was too limiting in carelessly adopting Schweitzer's term without qualifying it by saying, as does Ehrman, that " Jesus' followers were to live in ways that prepared for this coming Kingdom and that embodied the values that would be manifest completely and finally when it arrived." I have no reason to believe that Ehrman has suddenly become 'old hat' nor that the prime sources under review are incapable of yielding such an exegesis. I accept however that there are many academics who would wish to put a totally different explanation to the same set of facts.
You mean like the "fact" that one of Jesus central ethical teachings --
the necessity of loving one's enemies if one is to show oneself to be a
true "son" and a member of God's "kingdom" -- is grounded not in a
perception that the world was going to end soon (even granting that
/that/ is the thrust of Jesus' "eschatological" language), but in an
appeal to the nature and character and actions of the creator God?
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
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