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"Realized Eschatology"

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CharIes H. Dodd established his view that the ministry of Jesus is represented in the Gospels as "realized eschatology". He maintained that "in some way the Kingdom of God has come with Jesus himself". "The eschaton has moved from the sphere of expectation into that of realized experience". This contention was based primarily upon statements attributed to Jesus, wherein he declared, according to Dodd's translation, "The Kingdom of God has come upon you". Dodd points out a parallel to this in the Jewish prayer, "May he establish his Kingdom during your life and during your days". One is attributed to Jesus in the first century, as an instruction to his disciples to continue praying for fulfillment, while the other has been used by Jews even to the present generation. They both anticipate a future coming of the Kingdom. Such expressions of the Kingdom further support the idea of its futurity.

Keywords: Charles H. Dodd; Gospels; Jesus; Jewish prayer; Kingdom; realized eschatology



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