When the ancients talked about "messiah", what did they picture? Did that term refer to a stately figure who would rule, to a militant who would rescue, or to a variety of roles held by many? While Christians have traditionally equated the word "messiah" with Jesus, the discussion is far more complex. This volume contributes significantly to that discussion.
Ten expert scholars here address questions surrounding the concept of "messiah" and clarify what it means to call Jesus "messiah." The book comprises two main parts, first treating those writers who preceded or surrounded the New Testament (two essays on the Old Testament and two on extrabiblical literature) and then discussing the writers of the New Testament. Concluding the volume is a critical response by Craig Evans to both sections. This volume will be helpful to pastors and laypersons wanting to explore the nature and identity of the Messiah in the Old and New Testaments in order to better understand Jesus as Messiah.
Contributions to this volume include:
The book reflects careful thought and intense study of many publications on Jewish messianism.
—James H. Charlesworth
Overall, this collection of papers is a helpful introduction to the messianism of the New Testament. The essays by Porter, Thatcher, and Cummins were particularly helpful expositions of the Christologies of the New Testament and how they focused on Jesus as Messiah.
—Michael F. Bird
Stanley Porter is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of several books, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, Paul in Acts, and The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research. Porter is also the editor of more than forty other books.