Summary and Conclusions: Jesus and the Apostolic Conference

G. B. Caird

Edited by L. D. Hurst

in New Testament Theology

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263883
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603372 | DOI:

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 Summary and Conclusions: Jesus and the Apostolic Conference

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This chapter begins with a brief summary of the preceding chapters. It then presents the following six observations: that the ‘gospel of Jesus’ is not a new religion but a political challenge to the nation of Israel; that if Jesus considered his message urgent, it was because he saw Israel at a cross-roads; that Jesus’ invitation to enter the Kingdom was an appeal to the nation to put itself under God’s sovereignty; that Jesus moved from national to individual concerns; that if the functions of nation and king are interchangeable, then the texts applicable to one may be transferred to the other; and that New Testament opinion has long accepted the notion that there is a ‘simple Jewish person of the Gospels’ who has been lost to us and will not come into his own until he is disencumbered of all the trappings of the Church’s Christ. It concludes by saying that although the theology of the New Testament began with ways in which Jesus thought and spoke about himself and his people, he later became known as a fulfiller of the destiny of the human race, and the bearer of a more-than-human authority and wisdom.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; apostolic conference; salvation; God; Israel

Chapter.  4886 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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