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WCF.M1.L49 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Define Pesher exegesis.
  • Explain the theological and missiological uses of the word “Messiah.”
  • Give two reasons why Kaiser likes the term “Servant of the Lord” rather than “Messiah.”
  • Compare the approach in Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam with the approach in Following Jesus in the Hindu Context .


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 187-189Lesson 49 Introduction

  • General
  • Kaiser: The Christian and the “Old” Testament
  • 140-150The Theology of the Messiah in the Old Testament

  • Accad: Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam
  • 138-158chs. 16–18 Challenges

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 227-229Hamme: Qumran Pesher / Pesharim

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 189-191Lesson 49 Review

  • Research
  •  ATLA Religion Database

  • Schiffman: “The Concept of the Messiah in Second Temple and Rabbinic Literature”
  • 235-246Review and Expositor (Spr 1987) 84, 2

  • Sailhammer: “The Messiah and the Hebrew Bible”
  • 5-23JETS (March 2001) 44, 1

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 486-488Jamaica
  • 199-200Cayman Islands
  • 825-826Trinidad and Tobago

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 49
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes



Reflection Questions
  • Which of the following is not a feature of the pesher exegesis?
    a. To study a passage in relation to other predictions in the series and note its organic connection to the rest of the Bible.
    b. The words of the Old Testament prophets are taken to be full of secrets.
    c. Those hidden meanings are taken to be allusions to events that were placed at the end of time.
    d. The prophecies are applied directly to the interpreter’s own generation, since the end of time is near.


  • Why might the term “Servant of the Lord” be a better name for the messianic doctrine than “Messiah”?


  • Explain the theological and missiological uses of the word and title, “Messiah.”


  • If you were witnessing to a Jewish person and were trying to explain the two comings of Messiah, what Scripture would you use from the Old Testament to convince him of the two comings of the one Messiah?
    a. Isaiah 9:5-6
    b. Zechariah 12:10
    c. Jeremiah 23:5-6
    d. Joel 2:19-27


  • Compare the approach in Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam with the approach in Following Jesus in the Hindu Context . What similarities and differences do you see?


Notes