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Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission
Bird, Michael F.

New York: T & T Clark, 2007 pp. xi + 212. $168.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 331


Description: Bird argues that Jesus was attempting to achieve and enact the restoration of Israel, and in continuity with other strands of Jewish belief, Jesus conceived of the restoration of Israel as resulting in the salvation of the gentiles. Jesus' mission was Israel-centric, but he espoused a view of restoration that was indebted to certain strands of Israel's sacred traditions where the gentiles are implicit beneficiaries of Israel's salvation. Since this restoration was already being partially realized in Jesus' ministry, it was becoming possible for gentiles to begin sharing in Israel's salvation in the present. Additionally, Jesus understood himself and his followers to be the new temple and the vanguard of the restored Israel who would appropriate for themselves the role of Israel and the temple in being a light to the nations. Thus, a gentile mission has its germinal roots in the aims and intentions of Jesus and was developed in a transformed situation by adherents of the early Christian movement.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Andreas J. Kostenberger
Published 5/2/2009
Citation: Andreas J. Kostenberger, review of Michael F. Bird, Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Craig A. Evans
Published 1/2/2011
Citation: Craig A. Evans, review of Michael F. Bird, Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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