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In this chapter a number of Qumran and New Testament passages are discussed in which a polemical re-evaluation of the Davidic Messiah's role and status is achieved by means of biblical exegesis. First, two exegetical fragments from Qumran are addressed; further along the Qumranic evidence will inform the evaluation of the exegetical situation with regard to the Davidic Messiah in the New Testament Book of Acts. The Book of Acts describes the early history of the Jesus movement following Jesus' death and resurrection. It is generally agreed that one of the main objectives of the compiler was to provide an explanation for the unexpected shift in the eschatological scenario, namely, that instead of the "salvation of Israel" the center of the salvation event has been transferred from Jerusalem to the Diaspora and from the Commonwealth of Israel to Gentile God-fearers.

Keywords: biblical exegesis; book of Acts; Davidic Messiah; Gentile God-fearers; Jesus movement; New Testament; Qumran



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