Stefanos Mihalios examines the uses of the hour in the writings of John and demonstrates the contribution of Danielic eschatology to Johns understanding of this concept. Mihalios begins by tracing the notion of an eschatological time in the Old Testament within expressions such as in that time and time of distress, which also appear in the book of Daniel and relate to the eschatological hour found in Daniel. Mihalios finds that even within the Jewish tradition there exists an anticipation of the fulfillment of the Danielic eschatological time, since the eschatological hour appears in the Jewish literature within contexts that allude to the Danielic end-time events. Mihalios moves on to examines the Johannine eschatological expressions and themes that have their source in Daniel, finding evidence of clear allusions whenever the word hour arises. Through this examination, he concludes that for the Johannine Jesus use of the term hour indicates that the final hour of tribulation and resurrection, as it is depicted in Daniel, has arrived.
The careful work on the influence of the Danielic eschatological hour forms the core of this book and is valuable . . .
—John Painter, professor of theology, St. Mark’s School of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Australia
This book is an important contribution to the study of the Hebrew Bible background to the Gospel of John . . . Overall, the book is well organized and well written, fluid and lucid in style, and persuasive in argument. It is a helpful and illuminating study that contributes well to our understanding of the Hebrew Bible background of the Fourth Gospel, elucidating the particular emphases of Johannine eschatology.
—Religious Studies Review
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Stefanos Mihalios received his PhD in biblical theology form Wheaton College and is currently professor of New Testament at the Greek Bible Institute in Greece.