By David C. Sim
This examine reconstructs the apocalyptic eschatology in Matthew's Gospel so we may possibly comprehend his time and issues. Sociological research of apocalypticism in Judaism and early Christianity indicates that this kind of global view is followed via a minority workforce in a time of serious challenge. Matthew's special and sometimes vengeful imaginative and prescient has to be set opposed to his community's clash with Judaism, Gentiles and the bigger Christian stream and his acute have to improve his community's feel of identification and out of pastoral predicament.
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With the exception of Revelation, no Christian documents will appear in the following review. A comparison of Matthew's apocalyptic eschatology with other early Christian schemes will be undertaken in Part II. A further preliminary point concerns the intention and scope of the following survey of the major characteristics of apocalyptic eschatology. This survey does not propose to offer a systematic 'apocalyptic theology'. The religious perspective or world view which we call apocalyptic eschatology is an extremely diverse and unsystematic phenomenon, and any discussion of it must take this diversity into account.
The writings of this group thus provide a concrete example of apocalypticism in (or near) the time of Matthew, though it should not be assumed that all apocalyptic groups functioned in precisely the same way, nor held the same set of beliefs. When 18 See Collins, Apocalyptic Imagination, p. 93. Characteristics of apocalyptic eschatology 33 speaking of the eschatology of the Qumran community, it is perhaps more advisable to speak of its eschatologies, since the scrolls evidence a number of end-time expectations, some of which are not entirely compatible with one another.
Because the same word covered quite different concepts, a literary genre and a world view, it was often difficult to decide which of the two senses was intended in any given reference to apocalyptic. 1 For this reason a number of scholars abandoned the then current terminology and attempted to lessen the confusion by arriving at a new set of descriptive terms. The first attempt at a revision was that of K. Koch who distinguished between the literary genre apocalypse and the historical 1 For discussion of this point, see Knibb, 'Prophecy and the emergence of the Jewish apocalypses', pp.
Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Gospel of Matthew (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by David C. Sim