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By Jürgen Moltmann

ISBN-10: 0334017580

ISBN-13: 9780334017585

Based on the purpose I expressed in 1985, this 3rd quantity in my sequence of systematic contributions to theology is dedicated to christology. and since i've got ventured to name the entire of my theology 'messianic theology', the size of this christology are messianic. inside of those dimensions, i don't desire to speak exclusively approximately 'the Christ of hope' within the type of an eschatological christology (although characterizations of that sort usually are not in fact wrong). however the destiny desire of Israel and Judaism is already messianic; and it used to be from this that the Christian religion proceeded.
For if we take the observe 'Christian' actually, the Christian religion is a messianic religion. The messianic wish binds Christianity and Judaism, and divides them. so that it will convey out the long-lasting hyperlink with Judaism, which not anything can ever damage, i've got attempted in bankruptcy I to elucidate the size of the messianic notion in discussion with Jewish philosophers of faith.

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For the messianic kingdom is 39 40 The Growth of the Messianic Figure 17 not itself already the kingdom of God; it is no more than its historical preparation. The messianic kingdom will be set up in 'the last days' of this aeon, but the kingdom of God will be established in the eternity of an aeon that is new. It is only if these two strata are preserved that messianism is not dissolved in apocalyptic, or apocalyptic in messianism. The theopolitical character of the messiah is maintained, without being spiritualized or caught up and absorbed eschatologically.

It is life in anticipation, in which everything must already be done and accomplished in a way that is final, because the kingdom of God in its messianic form is already 'nigh'. What Scholem does not mention is the situation of the people who live with the messianic hope because with this hope they have survived the catastrophes. For the people who 'dwell in darkness' - the slaves, the prisoners, the exploited and oppressed - this hope is not something unreal and remote. It is their only present reality.

It means anticipating his coming in knowing and doing. It means 'now already' putting forth all our powers, in order, if we can, to let something become visible of the redemption of all things, which the messiah will perfect in his days. 55 56 57 S8 Is this importunity? Does it mean 'pestering' the end to come, and 'compelling' the messiah to appear? It is certainly true that, as Scholem says, 'the allurement of action, the call to implement, to "bring it about"', is inherent in the Utopian elements of Jewish messianism.

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