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Did Jesus delimit his expectation of the Parousia?

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This chapter seeks an answer by enquiring into the authenticity of those sayings which are often taken as expressing a delimited hope (Mk. 9, I. I3, 30; etc.); if they seem to be authentic, then we enquire further into their possible original meaning. The history of the Little Apocalypse theory has been exhaustively recounted by Beasley-Murray. Many regard such a theory as laudable, whilst others, though not accepting necessarily the idea of a Little Apocalypse, regard the chapter with varying degrees of scepticism. Verses 28f. can be understood as an exhortation to see in the calamities mentioned (vv. 5-23) an indication that the End (vv. 25-27) is near. The discussion of this chapter has necessarily been rather negative and tentative. It appears that the Parousia in Jesus' outlook was in some sense near, but that evidence is lacking that he held to a delimited hope.

Keywords: Beasley-Murray; Jesus; Little Apocalypse theory; Parousia; scepticism; Verses 28f



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