Friday, June 08, 2007

Joel Willttis Talks About His Thesis

The author of a soon-to-be published dissertation sure to rock the scholarly world and reconfigure the way people look at Jesus' ministry, is now discussing it on-line. Joel Willitts, who is about to publish Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King, which looks at Jesus' ministry in light of both Davidic hopes and hopes for the restoration of the twelve tribes, is now discussing an email he received about his thesis on Euangelion, the blog he shares with the eminent Michael Bird. I am all over anything Joel Willitts writes on this topic--in fact, I usually read Euangelion first thing every morning--and I just want to encourage you to:

1) Read his post.

2) Add Euangelion to your daily rounds (or blog roll). Bird and Willitts are on the cutting edge and always have interesting posts. They really have their finger on the pulse of the latest scholarship.

3) Start saving up. The book is $118 dollars and while that may seem like a lot, in this case I suspect you'll get what you pay for--a book worth $100 dollars plus. If you are doing Jesus research or New Testament studies, I think you're going to want to have this book as a resource.


Anonymous said...

Just a layman's comment/question.

The dissertation promised sounds quite beyond my level of competence but in the larger picture of the Kingdom, I find that to completely understand the Kingdom realized requires a more complete understanding of just what Eden really was, what Adam and Eve were really like prior to the Fall, and how it was possible for them to communicate and commune with God.
I've always thought that the earth-bound messianic hopes of Judaism as I've heard it in my limited experience, seemed to avoid that glaring question.
St. John's reference to the "new heaven" and "new earth" in the Apocalypse to me only serve to intensify these questions, as, indeed, do the descriptions of the risen Jesus in the Gospels, whose body has physical properties that we are unsure whether to ascribe to the resurrection, or to the fact that he is God and the ordinary rules do not apply.

kentuckyliz said... background? Yikes. Hard to read.