Jesus' Promise to the Nations

Jesus' Promise to the Nations

Jesus' Promise to the Nations

Jesus' Promise to the Nations

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The present work has a twofold aim. It is in the first place a New Testament study, and secondly an examination of the basis of missionary activity. Following the suggestions of Sundkler, it seeks, first of all, to draw attention to a neglected element in the message of Jesus, and attempts to show how large a place in the eschatological sayings of Jesus is given to the Old Testament conception of the pilgrimage of the nations to the Mountain of God.

At the same time the author also hopes that this work may have some significance for the inner logic of missionary activity, and for its Biblical basis. There can be no doubt that the exposition of the 'negative' element in the first part of this work, enables us to get a clear view of the immense extent of the promise which Jesus held out to the nations. The events of Easter ushered in the dawn of that final day in which the fulfilment of this promise to the nations and to Israel began to take effect. The special glory of the missionary endeavour lies in the fact that it is a very palpable part of the final consummation inaugurated at Easter.

Göttingen JOACHIM JEREMIAS

New Year 1956 . . .

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