Jesus, Paul and the End of the World

More than eighy years ago Albert Schweitzer posed a question of enduring debate for New Testament scholarship. Did Jesus – and later Paul – believe the the apocalyptic kingdom of God was about to appear, bringing an end to this world? Indeed, what were teh e3schatological teachings of Jesus and Paul? Is there any appreciable continuity between the two?

Ben Witherington takes a hard look at the Gospel texts and makes a thorough and critical assessment of Paul's eschatology. For each topic examined – the language of imminence, the dominion of God, the community of christ, the Israel of God, the day of the Lord and the reurrection of the dead – he compares and contrasts Jesus and Paul. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of New Testament eschatology.

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