The Warrior Messiah in Scripture and Intertestamental Writings
Author: Sook-Young Kim
Date Of Publication: Aug 2010
The picture of the warrior Messiah depicted in the Old Testament as a future redeemer figure matches that of Jesus as the warrior in the New Testament, fighting against the cosmic evil power. The warrior’s struggle takes place in a cosmic, heavenly dimension rather than earthly, utilizing the word from his mouth as the only weapon to defeat the demons and the evil hosts. Strong unity and continuity of the motif are detected within the Old and New Testaments, as well as between the Testaments.
Sook-Young Kim received her PhD in New Testament from Andrews University Theological Seminary in Michigan, USA. She currently serves as a Conjoint Lecturer for the Theology Department, Avondale College, Australia. She is also a determined preacher, writer, researcher and a devoted wife.
“Dr Sook-Young Kim’s study of the Judeo-Christian concept of the warrior Messiah is timely and much-needed. Thanks in part to the Dead Sea Scrolls and other intertestamental writings that have been published in the last twenty years, there has been a marked increase in scholarly interest in Jewish messianism and how it relates to Jesus and the early church’s understanding of Christology. Older assumptions about the nature of the Messiah and what he was expected to accomplish have been called into question. The entire topic is under review, new questions are being asked, and the messianism of Jesus of Nazareth is open to new interpretation. Dr Sook-Young Kim’s study sheds significant new light on this important topic. I recommend it highly. ”
—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Sook-Young Kim’s work on the ‘warrior Messiah’ motif is a very significant contribution to Old Testament, Intertestamental, and New Testament studies. She has delved into the key texts and conclusively demonstrates an alternative to the popular view that a nationalistic messiah was universally expected. Even more importantly, for me as a systematic theologian, is the fact that Dr Kim has followed the ‘warrior Messiah’ theme via a whole-of-Scripture approach with the result that the continuity both within and between the Hebrew and Christian Testaments is strongly affirmed.”
—Ray C. W. Roennfeldt, President, Avondale College
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