The Coming of the Son of Man
One of the most thought provoking and enjoyable books I’m reading at the moment is Andrew Perriman’s The Coming of the Son of Man. I’m not sure what I think of his Wrighesk eschatology as yet, and I will perhaps return to review the book properly when I’m done.
His constant aim is to explode any notion of a systematic or universalised eschatology in Jesus’ eschatological language. Rather, he takes it to refer to the destruction of the second Temple, and the establishment of the new people of God – this being the coming of the Son of Man. Preterism, in other words.
Perriman appeals to ‘a conscious act of reimagination’ (78) as necessary to uncover the true scriptural teaching over against what he admits are our natural readings of the text.
For example, ask yourself what the disciples meant when they asked Jesus: ‘Lord, will those who are saved by few?’
You may well have defaulted into thinking this a general theological question about quotas for heaven. However, Perriman will insist: ‘it is question about Israel’ (89).
His case has much to commend it, yet I withhold judgment until I’m finished.
P.S., and to totally change the subject, after hearing a superb paper delivered by my friend last night at Tübingen, it appears that the italicised in the following sentence is a later gloss: ‘And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.”’ (Mark 4:24)
Right, time to finish off my glass of Port, and hit the hay.