Hope of Israel
Is a first century writing about the “hope of
Since the time of Albert Schweitzer, Jesus has been recognized as an apocalyptic preacher and the books of the New Testament as apocalyptic literature. Apocalypticism offers hope. It is a form of language enabling the meek to hear good tidings.
David C. Sim in Apocalyptic eschatology in the Gospel of Matthew wrote: “There is widespread agreement that a direct correlation exists between the desperate situation of the author and his group and the embracement of the apocalyptic-eschatological perspective. Apocalyptic eschatology which emphasizes the imminent reversal of present circumstances, the vindication of the suffering righteous and the punishment of their perceived oppressors, serves to strengthen, comfort and offer hope to the group which is experiencing the crisis.”
Luke sets out to demonstrate that Jesus is the fulfillment of the hope of
The title is a quotation from Acts 28:20 where Paul makes an effort to win over the Roman Jews with these words: “For the hope of
Without hope there is no eschatology. This is probably something Moltmann said. The Greek word for hope ἐλπίδος does not appear in any of the gospels. However ἐλπίδος does appear in Acts 23:6; 26:7 and of course Acts 28:20 and in the Pauline epistles, Hebrews and 1 Peter. The phrase “to hope” ἐλπίζων appears in Acts 24:26 and Timothy 3:14.
Even though Luke does not use either the word ἐλπίδος or ἐλπίζων in his gospel that does not mean that the people depicted in his gospel were not waiting for the hope of
Is there any expression of hope in the other gospels?
This is a work in progress.