“The Time is Fulfilled”: Jesus’s Apocalypticism in the Context of Continental Philosophy
Bahr, Lynne Moss
London: T&T Clark, 2019 pp. ix + 147. $114.00
Library of New Testament Studies, 596
Description: In this study, Lynne Moss Bahr explores the concept of temporality as central to Jesus's proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Using insights from continental philosophy on the messianic, which expose the false claim that time progresses in a linear continuum, Bahr presents these philosophical positions in critical dialogue with the sayings of Jesus regarding time and time's fulfillment. She shows how the Kingdom represents the possibilities of a disruption in time, one that reveals the intrinsic relation between God and humanity.
In illustrating how Jesus's sayings regarding time are thus expressions of his messianic identity-as of the world and not of the world--Bahr argues that the meaning of Jesus's identity as Messiah is embedded in the disjuncture of time, in the impossibility of "now," from which the Kingdom comes . Bahr's use of critical theory in this study expands the concept of God's Kingdom beyond the traditional confines of the discipline.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation
Review by Theron Clay Mock III
Citation: Theron Clay Mock III, review of Lynne Moss Bahr, “The Time is Fulfilled”: Jesus’s Apocalypticism in the Context of Continental Philosophy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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