A Theology of the New Covenant: The Foundations of New Testament Theology -- By: Ronald E. Diprose
EMJ 16:2 (Winter 2007) p. 159
A Theology of the New Covenant:
The Foundations of New Testament Theology
Ron Diprose is the academic dean at Istituto Biblico Evangelico Italiano. This work was published in Italian by I.B.E.I. edizioni as a Lux Biblica monograph in 2002. The original title was La Teologia del Nuovo Patto: Elementi Fondamentali della Teologia del Nuovo Testamento. This is the fourth of nine parts.
The Origin of New Testament Theology, Part 2
In the present chapter we will examine in greater depth the meaning of Jesus’ death, his self-awareness as Son of Man, and the foundations of New Testament theology present in his teaching. We will see that Jesus’ solidarity with the hopes of post-exilic Israel found natural expression in the way he prepared his disciples for the new covenant inaugurated by his death and resurrection.
EMJ 16:2 (Winter 2007) p. 160
The Mission of Jesus
Why Did Jesus Die?
Jesus’ disciples were disappointed and greatly perplexed when he began talking of his death as a necessary part of his mission (Mark 8:31–33; 9:31–32; 10:33–34). They could not make any sense out of a similar course of events, even though Jesus did speak of resurrection as well as death (cf. Luke 24:19–21). Yet Jesus made it clear that he considered his death central to the mission that the Father had entrusted to him, while his ascension and the coming of the Spirit and not a war of liberation from the Roman overlord were to be the culmination of his mission (see Luke 9:31, 51; 12:49–50; 13:33; John 16:7–13, 28).
There is an unsolicited confirmation of the centrality o...
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