Friday, January 07, 2011
Review of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission
Over at RBL, Craig Evans reviews my published dissertation Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission. He accepts the premise that Jesus should be situated in the context of Jewish restoration eschatology, but critiques my apparent claim that Jesus engaged in a mission to Gentiles. The only response I would make is that I don't think I ever said that Jesus engaged in a "mission" to Gentiles. Jesus' mission was to usher in the restoration of Israel yet a corollary was that a restored Israel would transform the world. Jesus' actions are the basis of the later Gentile mission. Or, I argued that the Christian Gentile mission has antecedents in Jesus' pre-Easter activities in his openness to sinners and Gentiles.