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The One Who Is to Come
Fitzmyer, Joseph A.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007 pp. xvi + 205. $18.00

Description: "Messiah" is one of the most contested terms in Christian reflection, with many people reading the concept back into early Old Testament texts. In The One Who Is to Come Joseph Fitzmyer contradicts that misreading, carefully tracing the emergence of messianism in Judaism to a much later date — the second century B.C. The One Who Is to Come begins with a linguistic discussion of the term "messiah," then demonstrates the gradual emergence of the idea of a future, dynasty-continuing David, before finally examining the “anointed one” language in the latest biblical text, Daniel 9. It also examines the use of the term in the Septuagint and extrabiblical Jewish writings, as well as the New Testament, Targums, and the Mishnah. Fitzmyer’s masterful study presents a novel, biblical thesis that will appeal to scholars, students, and all who wish to investigate the complex history of messianism.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism

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Review by Jeffrey L. Staley
Published 4/19/2008
Citation: Jeffrey L. Staley, review of Joseph A. Fitzmyer, The One Who Is to Come, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 10/17/2009
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of Joseph A. Fitzmyer, The One Who Is to Come, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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