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Jesus: Eschatological prophet and/or wisdom teacher?

W. S. Vorster
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 2 | a2409 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i2.2409 | © 1991 W. S. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 09 January 1991

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W. S. Vorster, University of South Africa, South Africa

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The words and works of Jesus the Galilean can be interpreted against the background of different possible roles. These include prophet, teacher, magician and healer. This essay addresses the question whether he was an eschatological prophet or a wisdom teacher, or perhaps a combination of both. The implications of placing Jesus in these roles are worked out in the essay, which is the second of a series of two essays on Jesus the Galilean. Attention is also paid to the nature of the sources which make it possible to fit Jesus into different roles.


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