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Is Jewish Apocalyptic The Mother Of Christian Theology?

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"Beginnings are for the most part hidden. This also applies to the beginnings of Christianity after Easter". So began the article that Ernst Käsemann published in 1960, which unleashed the polemic reflected in the question used here as a title. Käsemann's reply was clear and straight to the point: the generative womb of all Christian theology was apocalyptic: "Apocalyptic was the mother of all Christian theology since we cannot really class the preaching of Jesus as theology". This chapter begins by presenting Käsemann's hypothesis as briefly and objectively as possible. Then, it discusses this hypothesis briefly, and outlines a new way understanding the problem which may allow us to reply to the question that forms the starting point in a way that differs from Käsemann's and also from the answers of his critics.

Keywords: Christian theology; Easter; Ernst Käsemann; Jewish apocalyptic



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