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An Unanswered Question: Apocalyptic Expectation and Jesus' Basileia Proclamation

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The several sayings from the Jesus tradition which explicitly deny an apocalyptic interpretation of the message of Jesus are surveyed, with the conclusion that this sentiment is to be found at every layer of the tradition, including its earliest. At the same time, it is acknowledged that apocalyptic materials are also to be found throughout the tradition. This conclusion is ventured: perhaps the tradition is authentically ambiguous about this issue because Jesus himself was undecided about this notion, which he inherited from John the Baptist.


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