The One who is to Come

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 205 pages
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Messiah is one of the most popular and most contested terms in the biblical interpretation. To understand this concept is to understand one of the earliest terms applied to Jesus.

While many often read the concept back into early Old Testament texts, Joseph Fitzmyer carefully and comprehensively tells the story of its development from Daniel 9 to the New Testament. The One Who Is to Come begins with the term itself, then discusses passages that reveal the developing understanding of the Davidic dynasty and those that are often seen as Old Testament precursors. It also takes on the place of the term in the Septuagint and extrabiblical Jewish writings, as well as the New Testament, Targums, and Mishnah.

Fitzmyer's masterful work takes issue with the excessive claims for the concept of messiah in the Old Testament, pointing instead to the proper (and no less full) tradition of messiah that emerged in the intertestamental period. The One Who Is to Come presents a novel yet biblical thesis that will appeal to scholars, students and all who wish investigate the origins of the concept of messiah.

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Contents

The Term Messiah
1
The Use of jyqm in the Old Testament
8
Other Old Testament Passages Often Regarded as the Background of the Term Messiah
26
Old Testament Passages That Reveal a Developing Understanding of the Davidic Dynasty
33
2526 in the Emergence of Messianism
56
The Septuagints Interpretation of Some Old Testament Passages
65
Extrabiblical Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period
82
The Use of Messiah in the New Testament
134
The Use of Messiah in the Mishnah Targums
146
conclusion
182
index of authors
195
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Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ (1920-2016) was professor emeritus of biblical studies at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

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