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The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity

THE RETURN OF JESUS IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

John T. Carroll with Alexandra R. Brown, Claudia J. Setzer and Jeffrey S. Siker, 2000

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In The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity, John T. Carroll and three other scholars describe the origins of this hope in ancient writings and its persistence to the present. Chapters on the New Testament explore the theme of the parousia, or return, of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, in the writings of Paul (a chapter by Alexandra Brown), in the Johannine writings, and in the Catholic Epistles. Jeffrey S. Siker describes Christian hope for Jesus' return in the two hundred years after the last New Testament books were written. Claudia J. Setzer relates the Christian hope to Jewish messianic expectations. A final chapter surveys key developments from Augustine through the Reformation to North American developments. Carroll concludes that even at the end of the twentieth century, Christian theology is irreducibly eschatological.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction

  1. The Parousia of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts
  2. Paul and the Parousia by Alexandra R. Brown
  3. The Parousia of Jesus in the Johannine Literature
  4. The Parousia of Jesus in Other New Testament Writings: 1 Peter, James, Hebrews, and 2 Peter
  5. The Parousia of Jesus in Second and Third Century Christianity by Jeffrey S. Siker
  6. The Parousia of Jesus and Jewish Messianic Hopes by Claudia J. Setzer
  7. Centuries of Waiting: The Persistence of Apocalyptic Hope

Bibliography
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources


AUTHOR PROFILE

John T. Carroll is Dean of the Theology Faculty and Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. With James R. Carroll, he coauthored Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus (Hendrickson, 1996). He and Joel B. Green, with contributions from other members of the Society of Biblical Literature's Passion Narrative and Tradition in Early Christianity Group, wrote The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity (Hendrickson, 1995).


BOOK SPECIFICATIONS

236 pages, hardcover, bibliography, index.
ISBN 1565633415