Jesus and Jewish covenant thinking
- What was Jesus' basic attitude to the Jewish covenant belief of
his time? Did he share the common contemporary belief? Did this belief
function for Jesus as the basic and self-evident conviction assumed in
discussions and disputes, or did it not?
These questions were asked by Finnish scholar Tom Holmén in his
dissertation "Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking" (Turku 1999, pages 17
and 18). Holmén's final conclusion about the subject is simple: "Jesus did
not share this common and basic covenant idea." (p. 343) Before saying
anything about how and why this result was concluded, I leave these
questions to list members for commenting.
Department of exegetics,
University of Helsinki