Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jesus and the Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom (Part 4: Harvey)

Anthony E. Harvey’s Jesus and the Constraints of History[1] (1982) argues that Israel had long believed God was King, but awaited the day his reign would be established in some visible way not yet realized.[2] He holds that the first-century Jewish conception of the Kingdom took many forms. God’s reign might be made manifest in his sovereignty of Israel in particular or in terms of universal reign. It might be ruled by God directly or through an earthly king.[3] He goes on to argue that Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom was radically new. For Harvey, Jesus’ formulation of the Kingdom described God’s sudden and imminent self-revelation of himself.[4] Little can be known about the role Jesus perceived for himself in this kingdom, although the regal nature of his entrance into Jerusalem cannot be denied.[5] In short, Harvey recognizes that first-century expectations regarding the Kingdom included the re-gathering of Israel—though Jesus’ conception of it as God’s revelation was altogether new.
[1] Anthony E. Harvey, Jesus and the Constraints of History (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1982).
[2] Harvey, Jesus and the Constraints, 144.
[3] Harvey, Jesus and the Constraints, 144.
[4] Harvey, Jesus and the Constraints, 87, 144.
[5] Harvey, Jesus and the Constraints, 145.

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