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Eschatology in Luke

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The function of eschatology in the Gospel of Luke has evoked increasing interest in recent years for a number of reasons. First, it is a part of a theme, eschatology, that had led New Testament studies since the beginning of this century. The eschatology of Luke plays a significant role for an important school of New Testament scholars, in their interpretation of early Christian theology and history. To determine the junction of Lukan eschatology it is vitally important to determine first the conceptual context of the subject matter. The identification of the eschatological fulfilment exclusively with Jesus provides the rationale by which the relationship of this age and the age to come is understood. First, the twofold eschatology of apocalyptic Judaism, blessing and judgment, becomes 'two-stage eschatology'. The whole of Lukan eschatology is within the context of a two-stage manifestation of the kingdom of God, present and future.

Keywords: apocalyptic Judaism; eschatology; Jesus; Luke



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