The Restoration of Israel (Hardcover)
Israel's Re-Gathering and the Fate of the Nations in Early Jewish Literature and Luke-Acts (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft #138)
de Gruyter, 9783110188967, 332pp.
Publication Date: October 25, 2006
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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 Israel's 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, Israel's 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 Israel's history and legacy, but re-appropriate 'exile and return' 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.