As N. T. Wright has said many times, Jews living in the first century knew the prophecy of Daniel 9 was nearing an end and they were fervently looking forward to the gathering of Jews living in the Diaspora to return to Zion and worship in Jerusalem once again. Even in Sirach (who was no wide-eyed apocalypticist), there is a hope for this gathering of all the tribes to the land of their inheritance. Closer to the first century, The Psalms of Solomon give evidence of this belief as well.Past posts in Phil Long's series on the Second Temple Period are noted here and links.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The hope for the return of the Diaspora
READING ACTS: Gathering Israel to Their Inheritance.