Dissimilarity: KoG, DSS , HJ & EC
- I would like to consider the criterion of dissimilarity and a number
of elements of belief reflected in the Epistles first, and then the
Gospels, that were not en vogue in Judaism or Hellenism. Cultural
factors do not explain their appearance and most likely point back to
the impulse of HJ.
1. The Kingdom
It appears in Rom 14:17 and 1 Cor 4:20 but not in the Jewish
vocabulary of the day.
Exceptions: War Scroll 1, "this shall be a time of salvation '¥an
age of dominion for all the members of his company."
War Scroll 12, "for thou art terrible, O God, in the glory of thy
Liturgical Fragments 5, "kingdom of his people,"
Is there enough evidence to support Bruce Chilton's claim that the
kingdom was a common and well known theologoumenon?
Chilton, Bruce, "The Kingdom of God in Recent Discussion," in Bruce
Chilton and Craig Evans, Studying the Historical Jesus (Leiden:
Brill, 1994), pp. 255-80.
The kingdom of God is often found on HJ lips and possibly that is
were they derived its usage as a term.
Also, if it was taken from Jesus why didn't the EC use KoG more?
A.J.M. Wedderburn, "Paul and Jesus: The Problem of Continuity," SJT
38 (1985): 202-3 Places it on their current experience is the
fulfillment of what HJ said, so they do not need to speak of it.
Has anyone read David Wenham's _Paul: Follower of Jesus or Founder of
Christianity?_ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995) Does he provide
convincing evidence for the dependence of HJ by Paul?