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Title: Pure Kingdom: Jesus Vision of God
Author: Chilton, Bruce
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand); Publication Date: 1996
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802841872
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Bruce Chilton's new book attempts, in the spirit of Albert Schweitzer, to get at the historical Jesus. As in Schweitzer's own day, Chilton is aware of the gulf that lies between an academic understanding of who Jesus is and the popular-but sometimes historically improbable-conception of what he stood for. In this book, Chilton speaks directly of Jesus. Modern theorists on Jesus are appealed to only insofar as they clarify Jesus? own vision of the Kingdom of God.After exploring the scholarly state of the question, Chilton maps out key background material of Jesus' understanding of the Kingdom, drawing on the Psalms and Jesus' appropriation of this tradition. Then, looking at the Gospels themselves, Chilton hammers out Jesus? theology of the kingdom by examining both Jesus? teaching and his actions, which also declare God's kingdom.Finally, Chilton examines the question of the preaching of Jesus' Kingdom message in primitive Christianity. Chilton's fresh analysis of the Kingdom in Jesus' ministry will prove to be required reading for all interested in the topic.