Jesus the Seer: The Progress of Prophecy by Ben Witherington III

By Ben Witherington III

Scholars realize that prophetic traditions, expressions, and stories stand on the middle of so much religions within the old Mediterranean international. this can be no much less actual for the realm of Judaism and Jesus. Ben Witherington III bargains an intensive, cross-cultural survey of the wider expressions of prophecy in its historic Mediterranean context, starting with Mari, relocating to biblical figures rarely considered as prophets‒‒Balaam, Deborah, Moses, and Aaron‒‒and to the apocalyptic seer in postexilic prophecy, exhibiting that no unmarried development describes all prophetic figures. The outcome is that various facets of Jesus’s job comment on prophetic predecessors: his miracles, on Elijah and Elisha; his self-understanding because the Son of guy, on Daniel and 1 Enoch; his warnings of woe and judgment, at the “writing prophets” in Judean culture; and his messianic access into Jerusalem, on Zechariah nine. Witherington additionally surveys the phenomenon of apocalyptic prophecy in early Christianity, together with Paul, Revelation, the Didache, Hermas, and the Montanist flow. Jesus the Seer is a worthwhile supplement to Witherington’s different quantity on Jesus, Jesus the Sage.

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