Bible Review 12:5, October 1996

The Second Coming Demythologized

If we who have committed ourselves to Jesus expect that we will be judged worthy of the kingdom, we will be in for a big surprise.

By Helmut Koester

Bible Review

The Gospel texts assigned as Sunday readings in the Common Lectionary of many churches for October and November all come from the final speech of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (chaps. 22–25). Most of these texts are concerned with the Second Coming, and all are difficult and uncomfortable. The parable of the great banquet, also called the marriage feast” (Matthew 22:1–14), of which the more original version is preserved in Luke 14:16–24, has been reformulated by Matthew into an allegory that condemns Israel.

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