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Die een wat sal kom: 'Messiaanse tekste' in die Ou Testament en ander Joodse geskrifte

Alphonso Groenewald

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 31, No 1 (2010), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v31i1.396

Submitted: 14 May 2010
Published:  01 November 2010

Abstract

The one who is to come: ‘Messianic texts’ in the Old Testament and other Jewish writings

According to the New-Testament authors, the life of Jesus, as Christ, should be seen in light of the Old-Testament texts. It seems that all the messianic texts in the Old Testament had been fulfilled in Jesus. The Messiah, who had been expected for a long time, was born in Bethlehem. This interpretation by the New-Testament authors has caused the church and Christians throughout the centuries to read the Old Testament as a prophecy, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This interpretation has caused impatience with Jews, who did not accept Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. This article addresses the question: How did ancient Israel understand the concept ‘messiah’? It seems that the term is much more complex than a single meaning would allow the reader to believe. This article thus focuses on the theological functioning of the term within the Hebrew Bible as well as in other Jewish writings.


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Alphonso Groenewald, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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