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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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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Pickwick Publications (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620329573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620329573
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Don K. Preston on May 23, 2014
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Make no mistake: This is not a fourth grade primer reading! However, I love the research that went into this. While Dr. Long's emphasis is on "source" and my focus is on theology, Nonetheless, I did find this book to be very helpful.
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.

Paul said he preached nothing but the hope of Israel.
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Dr. Long has provided any would-be Gospels/Historical Jesus student with a wonderful resource. I purchased this book to aid in writing a paper on the Parable of the Great Banquet, and was not disappointed with the quality or scholarship of writing. While it is certainly not what I would consider easy reading, Jesus the Bridegroom serves as a beautifully crafted yet academically sound work, providing an excellent discussion of the eschatological kingdom through the lens of wedding imagery that Jesus utilized time and again in His earthly ministry. I am excited to continue to study through these themes in Scripture and am confident that Dr. Long's book will be a wonderful tool to aid in my pursuits.
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This is a wonderful in-depth look at the scriptures that can and should be applied to Jesus being the Bridegroom. Long does a marvelous job of contrasting all the echo's in scripture with the parallels in the NT. Students, professors, and intentional Bible studiers should read this book.
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