By Jürgen Moltmann
According to the goal I expressed in 1985, this 3rd quantity in my sequence of systematic contributions to theology is dedicated to christology. and since i've got ventured to name the full of my theology 'messianic theology', the scale of this christology are messianic. inside those dimensions, i don't desire to speak completely approximately 'the Christ of hope' within the kind of an eschatological christology (although characterizations of that sort are usually not after all wrong). however the destiny desire of Israel and Judaism is already messianic; and it was once from this that the Christian religion proceeded.
For if we take the notice 'Christian' actually, the Christian religion is a messianic religion. The messianic desire binds Christianity and Judaism, and divides them. with the intention to convey out the long-lasting hyperlink with Judaism, which not anything can ever damage, i've got attempted in bankruptcy I to elucidate the size of the messianic inspiration in discussion with Jewish philosophers of faith.
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If this Christian imperium is interpreted as the 'thousand-year-Reich', then the saints must reign with Christ and judge the nations. In the millennium, resistance to Christ cannot be tolerated. So in the Christian imperium sacrum there was no justice for dissidents, people of other beliefs — and Jews. Enforced political Christianization solved the problem of the heathen. The mission to the Jews was supposed to solve 'the Jewish problem'. Later on the Inquisition was designed to solve the problem of the heretics.
But because these phenomena have a central importance in the legacy of the Old Testament, it is useful to discover some of messianism's essential characteristics. In discussing Martin Buber's contradictory interpretation of the messianic concept, we already said that the messianic hope has to be understood historically; that we must not detach it from its practical historical core, or lose sight of its specific historical subject, and that we must not disregard the temporally meant future towards which it is directed.
Instead the figure of the priest came to the fore again. In the prophet's vision in Zechariah 4 , 'two olive trees' stand on the right and on the left of the lamp (v. 3), and the interpretation explains that 'These are the two anointed who 42 The Growth of the Messianic Figure 19 stand by the Lord of the whole earth' (v. 14). 'The splendour of the ancient image of the messiah is now distributed between the two', the anointed king and the anointed priest. 1-7, where the high priest Joshua, who is accused by Satan, stands before God.
The Way of Jesus Christ by Jürgen Moltmann