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Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels Paperback – November 6, 2013
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This is a careful defense for the view that Jesus himself drew up this agenda for his mission, no matter how the New Testament crafted his actual words. . . . The book serves as a good resource for the Gospel passages dealing with these three themes. --Mark Whitters, Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies, Eastern Michigan University
Long does both Old and New Testament scholarship a great service with the publication of his work on the interpretation and application of the eschatological banquet. . . . In my archaeological work at Qumran, I have seen the importance of the banquet motif to the eschatology of Second Temple Judaism, and this new study demonstrates how this carried over in Jewish-Christianity, and combined with the wedding metaphor, gave the understanding and expectation of Jesus as the Bridegroom. What a wonderful work! --Randall Price, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University
Phillip Long's Jesus the Bridegroom is a fine contribution to the burgeoning field of intertextual studies. . . . Long's work is characterized throughout by judicious analysis and application of both primary and secondary sources. I warmly commend this book to anyone interested in Jesus of Nazareth and his program for the renewal of Israel. --Joe Hellerman, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, California
About the Author
Phillip J. Long (PhD, Andrews University) is Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Biblical Studies division at Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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I particularly appreciated the linguistic studies, showing the marital language that is used in some texts (e.g. especially Isaiah 4-5) that I had never seen before, and I truly appreciated it. His inter-textual notations were also fruitful.
Long's conclusion that Jesus drew together several strands of Jewish thought, and conflated those strands into a harmonious message, thus, suggesting that Jesus stood well within the framework of a Jewish prophet, is very good.
One discussion, of a few, that I did find somewhat perplexing (and which Long himself challenges, P. 108f) is the claim by some that there is no connection in Hebraic thought between covenant and marriage. I was somewhat perplexed that Long did not appeal to Jeremiah 31:29f and Hosea 2:18ff, where that connection, both historically and prophetically is, it seems to me, prima facie demonstrated.
The close of the book is somewhat perplexing however, when Long claims that the Messianic Wedding is never developed by Paul, and even when he does mention marital elements, it is not in an eschatological context. I believe this is an unfortunate and unfounded claim. I would also note that this is at odds with an excellent, major new book by Tom Holland, "Romans and the Divine Marriage," in which Holland persuasively demonstrates that the controlling motif in Romans is the end of exile and God's "remarriage" to Israel, to be consummated at the parousia.
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