It is clear that scholars of the Third Quest generally recognize that the restoration was a major part of Jewish expectations and that Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom was somehow related to it. Though the Kingdom may well have evoked the image of God’s spiritual reign, it seems clear that first-century Jews also attached to this notion the hope that this divine rule would somehow be made manifest in the ingathering of all Israel.
Furthermore, it seems apparent that, though there were divergent opinions of how exactly this would occur, restoration eschatology was related to Davidic expectations. We will propose that this hope played a central role for Jesus’ “restoration” agenda.
For those following the outline I laid out in the first post of this series, we are now moving from our initial survey (section 1.1.) into section 1.2. of this essay, "David: A Neglected Element of First-Century Expectations." For clarity sake, I will title the next section as "Jesus and the Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom (1.2: Part 1)," etc.
 Ben Meyer, “Jesus’ Ministry and Self-Understanding” in Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research (ed., B. Chilton and C. Evans; NTTS 19; Leiden: Brill, 1994): 345
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