Divine Instruction in Early Christianity

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Mohr Siebeck, 2008 - 237 من الصفحات
Stephen E. Witmer investigates one aspect of early Christian self-understanding: the conviction of some early followers of Jesus that they had been, and were being, taught by God, in fulfillment of OT prophetic promises (especially Isa 54:13 and Jer 31:33-34). In this study, he contextualizes the Christian understanding of divine instruction through analysis of divine instruction in the Old Testament and early Jewish literature. Of particular interest is the development of the idea of an eschatological teaching of God in some prophetic literature and early Jewish literature. With this context in place, the author focuses on the idea of divine instruction in the Johannine corpus. He argues that the Fourth Gospel re-interprets the prophetic promise of divine instruction in light of the teaching of Jesus and the Spirit, and that the concept functions in the Fourth Gospel polemically and as a means of self-legitimation. The consequences for human teaching are addressed through an examination of the Johannine letters, focusing particularly on 1 John 2.20, 27. The final chapters then extend the study beyond the Johannine corpus by investigating the key Pauline references to divine instruction and by providing a close reading of Matt 23.8-10.
 

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Divine instruction in the OT
7
Divine instruction in the rest of the OT
13
Conclusion
26
Divine instruction in the Apocrypha
54
Conclusion
63
From where does the evangelist derive the language and concept
81
The teaching of Jesus and the teaching of God
87
The teaching of Jesus as the fulfillment of Isaiah 54 13
94
Conclusion
129
The teaching of God the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the Spirit
141
The function of divine instruction in the Johannine letters
152
The content and function of divine instruction
159
One is your teacher
165
Conclusion
178
Index of sources
209
Index of modern authors
229

Jesus as taught by God and his teaching as direct divine instruction
105
Taught by God and charismatic exegesis
123

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Stephen E. Witmer, Born 1976; 2003 M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; 2007 PhD from the University of Cambridge; since 2008 Pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachussetts, USA.

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