God's Kingdom and God's Son

The Background to Mark's Christology from Concepts of Kingship in the Psalms

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How is the kingdom of God related to Messianic kingship (or divine sonship)? Starting from what he terms a 'two-tier' kingship in the Psalms, Robert Rowe explores the linkage of these terms in Mark's gospel.
The linked concepts - God's kingship and Davidic (Messianic) kingship - are traced from the Psalms and Isaiah 40-66, through the Dead Sea Scrolls and other inter-testamental documents, into Mark's gospel. Mark's characterization of Jesus as Messiah is shown to centre around four royal Psalms (2; 22; 110; 118).
Contributing to the continuing study of the Old Testament in the New, Rowe argues that the concepts of God's kingdom and the Messiah are inherently closely related. This has importance both for the study of the historical Jesus, and for Mark's presentation of God and Jesus in his gospel.

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Biographical Note

Robert Rowe studied theology at Cambridge University and London Bible College. This work is an updated version of his Ph.D., which was supervised by Dr. Donald Guthrie. Dr. Rowe is now senior partner of a law firm in London.

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' This fine study of Mark's Christology will be read eagerly by all serious students of our earliest Gospel. This well-written, thorough study is a delight to read. The author shows how strongly the evangelist Mark has been influenced by several Psalms and how close is the link between the two themes of his title.’
Graham N. Stanton, University of Cambridge.
This is a very thorough study, which shines light onto present research into the Old Testament Judaism and New Testament. It achieves a convincing result in this controversial field, leading research further.’
Prof. Dr. M. Hengel, Tübingen.

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