Last week I quoted N.T. Wright talking about how Jesus had to avoid falling into the trap of settling for the type of Messiah that the Jews were expecting. Rather, Jesus’ calling including redefining the Davidic Messiah. This week is a much shorter quote in line with last week’s and it is about the concept of “the kingdom”:
…Jesus spent his whole ministry redefining what the kingdom meant. He refused to give up the symbolic language of the kingdom, but filled it with such new content that, as we have seen, he powerfully subverted Jewish expectations.
Jesus and the Victory of God, 471.
In Jesus we find a Messiah and a Kingdom that were both in continuation with Jewish expectations and radically subversive to those very same expectations!
If this is not enough N.T. Wright for you Daniel Levy is now doing a “Tuesdays with Tom Wright”. See here.