Re: [XTalk] COSMOLOGY AND APOCALYPTIC - A MEDITATION
- On 7/19/2010 5:57 AM, Dennis Goffin wrote:
>Sorry, but to my mind the claim above shows a woeful unfamiliarity with
> When one views Jesus through this lens it is much easier, in my view, to place him in context and to see his eschatological mission and resulting interim ethic in the context of the age-old conundrum of the Jews, set out in the Book of Job, where they try to reconcile a just God with the suffering of the righteous and are forced to view the solution of the problem in the return of Eden or a future Paradise.
recent discussion of the ground of the ethics of Jesus as well as with
the Gospel accounts of Jesus ethical teaching.
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.
You would do well to have a look at Lincoln Hurt's article on "The
Ethics of Jesus" in : /Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels/. Downers
Grove, Ill. (Green, Joel B. ; McKnight, Scot ; Marshall, I. Howard,
eds.) : InterVarsity Press, 1992,
Pertinent to your assumption are these remarks:
But lack of exegetical accuracy was not the only difficulty with
Schweitzer’s theory. Another was its failure to accommodate ethical
teaching to the question of eschatology. Having insisted with J.
Weiss that eschatology was the indispensable framework for the
interpretation of NT teaching, he was then faced with the ethical
teaching of the Gospels, which he declared to be an “interim
ethic” (/Interimsethik)/—an ethic of impractical idealism which
could never have been designed for a long period. It was possible
for Jesus to talk in this way only because he believed that the
interval between his preaching and the end of the world was so short
that he could afford to be impractical. That view of the ethics of
Jesus was soon met not only with blanket incredulity but substantial
arguments to the contrary. In the ethical teaching of Jesus (as in
the ethics of the whole NT), the sanctions for the teaching are only
in very rare cases the expectation of a future crisis. The reasons
are nearly always based on what God has done, on the character of
God himself, on the character of Jesus or on the nature of the
Christian revelation. They are certainly /not/ based on any final crisis
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
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