Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question

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"Michael Bird tackles a question central to historical Jesus research and to understanding the development of the Christian confession: Who did Jesus say that he was? Thoroughly conversant with the extensive history of scholarship, Bird applies a rigorous critique to the dominant arguments used against attributing a messianic self-understanding to Jesus. He builds a substantial case for Jesus's messianic self-understanding by analyzing the words explicitly spoken on this topic by or about Jesus during his earthly ministry and by examining the
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Overview

"Michael Bird tackles a question central to historical Jesus research and to understanding the development of the Christian confession: Who did Jesus say that he was? Thoroughly conversant with the extensive history of scholarship, Bird applies a rigorous critique to the dominant arguments used against attributing a messianic self-understanding to Jesus. He builds a substantial case for Jesus's messianic self-understanding by analyzing the words explicitly spoken on this topic by or about Jesus during his earthly ministry and by examining the deeds Jesus chose to enact and the roles he would have been understood--and would have understood himself--to embody by these deeds. Bird brings a fresh perspective and keen mind to this debate, painting a historically plausible picture of a Judean well versed in current messianic paradigms who crafted a ministry that reflected both an awareness of acting as God's end-time agent and a particular understanding of what that agent was to accomplish."--David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary

"Michael Bird has written one of the clearest and most compelling treatments of Jesus and the messianic question that I have read. Ancient literature and modern literature are alike handled with great expertise and excellent judgment. Readers will find no long-winded, specious theories propounded here. On the contrary, this book lays out the evidence fairly and with economy and then consistently reaches sensible conclusions. In the end, Bird goes where the evidence takes him, concluding that Jesus understood himself as Israel's Messiah, which explains the nature of the name of the movement that arose in the aftermath of Easter. I recommend this book highly."--Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College

"Bird offers a robust defense of what might be called a 'neo-conservative' position on Jesus's self-understanding. This book will appeal to scholars from a range of perspectives due to the vast amount of ancient source material covered in detail along with an array of important modern sources. Students and scholars wanting a detailed but accessible entry into this key topic in historical Jesus studies would do well to start with Are You the One Who Is to Come?"--James Crossley, University of Sheffield

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801036385
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College in Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission and The Saving Righteousness of God, and is a co-contributor to the biblical studies blog "Euangelion."
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanley E. Porter
Preface
1. "Jesus Who Is Called the Christ"
Scholarship on the Messianic Question
In Quest of Jesus's Self-Understanding
2. Messianic Expectations in Second Temple Judaism
The Paucity and Diversity of Messianic Expectations
The Extent of Messianic Ideas in the Old Testament
Messianic Claimants in the First Century
Sources and a Sketch
Conclusion
3. Messiah Jesus--a Role Declined?
Messiahship Inferred from the Resurrection
The "Messianic Secret"
Disciples' Enthusiasm and Authorities' Perception
An Inference from the Titulus on the Cross
The Scripturizing of the Tradition
Conclusion
4. Messiah Jesus--a Role Redefined?
The Messianic Jesus
Son of Man as Divine Agent and Messiah
Jesus as the Anointed One of Isaiah
The Kingdom of God Presupposes a King
Allusions to David and Solomon
The "I Have Come" Sayings
Conclusion
5. Messiah Jesus--a Crucified Messiah?
Peter's Confession at Caesarea Philippi
The Anointing of Jesus at Bethany
Triumphal Entry and Demonstration in the Temple
The Royal Riddle of David's Lord
The Passion of the Shepherd King
The Trial of the Messiah
The King of the Jews
The Messianic Herald of Salvation
Crucified Messiah, Not Crucified Martyr
The Origins of the Christianoi
Conclusion
6. Toward a Messianic Christology
Eschatological Finality
The Church and Israel
Prophet, Priest, and King
Conclusion
Indexes
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