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The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism
Mark Adam Elliot
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This study challenges the conventional view of scholars like E. P. Sanders that Late Second Temple Judaism was theologically nationalistic, offering in its place a theory that the intertestamental writings did not anticipate the salvation of all Jews but only of a faithful remnant within Israel.
Working carefully with the major books of the pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mark Adam Elliott shows that the authors of such works anticipated an imminent—and scathing—judgment of Israel that would exclude many, or even most, Israelites from the saved community. This provocative thesis not only confronts accepted perspectives on Late Second Temple Judaism but also suggests important implications for our reading of Paul and the New Testament.
This exhaustive and erudite study offers many new and compelling arguments which will prove to be significant in the contemporary debate on the nature of Christianity's Jewish background.
—The Expository Times
The scholarship that produced this book is both careful and extensive. The author employs an approach that is historical, sociological, and literary as he develops this systematic study.
—The Bible Today
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About the Author
Mark Adam Elliott has served as adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario and at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, and is currently pastor of Frank Street Baptist Church in Wiarton, Ontario.
Table of Contents
Some Necessary Remarks on Method and Approach
Exclusivist Soteriology in the Dead Sea Scrolls
How Does One Account for the Exclusivist Attitude toward Israel?
Dynamic and Dualistic Views of Covenant
Historical Rehearsals—Legacy of Israel’s Past Performance
Jubilees—Israel Abandoned to Evil Spirits
Approach and Presuppositions
The Dialectic of Restoration in the Zoomorphic History
Paradigms for SalvationConclusion: Implications of the Theology of the Movement of Dissent for New Testament Study
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