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The Restoration of Israel: Israel's Re-gathering and the Fate of the Nations in Early Jewish Literature and Luke-Acts
Fuller, Michael

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2006 pp. xi + 332. Ä91.59

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Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der šlteren Kirche, 138


Description: This study identifies and explores texts of restoration in a wide selection of Early Jewish Literature in order to assess the variety of ways in which Jews envisioned Israelís future restoration. Particular attention is given to the expression of restoration in what is identified in the present study as the exilic model of restoration. In this model, Israelís restoration is characterized by the features of (a) a future re-gathering, (b) the fate of the nations, and (c) the establishment of a new Temple. The present work focuses primarily on the first two features. Through this framework Jews in the Greco-Roman period could draw on Israelís history and legacy, but re-appropriate Ďexile and returní in new and creative ways. Finally, the writing of Luke-Acts is investigated for its ideas of restoration and its indebtedness to Early Jewish traditions.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Acts, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Dead Sea Scrolls, History of Interpretation

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Review by M. Eugene Boring
Published 6/30/2007
Citation: M. Eugene Boring, review of Michael Fuller, The Restoration of Israel: Israel's Re-gathering and the Fate of the Nations in Early Jewish Literature and Luke-Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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