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Timo Eskola

A Narrative Theology of the New Testament

Exploring the Metanarrative of Exile and Restoration

[Eine narrative Theologie des Neuen Testaments. Eine Untersuchung der Metaerzählung von Exil und Wiederherstellung.]

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Is a post-liberal, narrative New Testament theology both consistent and explanative? Timo Eskola focusses on the metanarrative of exile and restoration and, by combining a post-New Quest perspective on Jesus with an eschatological reading of Paul, states that Jesus' temple criticism aims at restoration eschatology.
The theory on restoration eschatology proposed by Sanders and Wright provides the cornerstone for Timo Eskola's building up of the premise that the metanarrative of exile and restoration can be used as an explanation when explicating New Testament theology. Jewish texts foretold that the Messiah would end Israel's exile and build for God an eschatological temple wherewith Jesus went on to proclaim the contrast between the corrupt earthly temple and his own heavenly one. This teaching brought to an end the exilic condition which had persisted throughout the centuries.
For Jesus, the era starting with John the Baptist was one filled with tribulations and inter-familial strife which saw Israel continue to kill prophets. The implication is that the Son of Man must suffer too in order for peace to reign in Israel, with the resurrection of Jesus representing the end-time enthronement when God is crowned King and those living in slavery to sin are released.
The early Christology developed by Jesus' followers presents the Savior as Christ and Ruler of the new kingdom of peace who grants the fruits of restoration to those faithful to him. The author recognizes a direct connection between Jesus' eschatology and early enthronement Christology, and discusses several christological narratives which elaborate on different restoration eschatology features.
The metanarrative has shed light on essential features in Second Temple nomism and Pauline concepts about the law. Furthermore, it helps explain the nature of justification and has proven invaluable when interpreting the new community as Christ's temple where the Holy Spirit has returned.

Timo Eskola Born 1955; 1992 Dr.theol.; 2011 Dr.phil.; 1998 Dr. habil. (University of Helsinki); currently a New Testament scholar at the Theological Institute of Finland, and a Privatdozent at the University of Helsinki.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 571
In: Revue Biblique — 128 (2021), pp. 285–289 (Dominic Mendonca)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org/ (8/2017) (Abson Joseph)
In: The Downside Review — 136 (2018), S. 133–135 (Dom Anselm Brumwell)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 38 (2016), S. 13 (Alison M. Jack)
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 59 (2016), S. 869–871 (Craig L. Blomberg)
In: Arbeitskreis für evangelikale Theologie — https://rezensionen.afet.de/?p=206 (5/2017) (Gerhard Maier)
In: Religious Studies Review — 44 (2018), S. 111–112 (John K. Goodrich)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — 96 (2016), S. 337–339 (Ch. Grappe)
In: Ecclesia — 2016, Nr. 14, S. 110 (Pieter de Vries)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 2017, S. 77 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 143 (2018), S. 1128–1131 (Eve-Marie Becker)