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Jesus and the Kingdom of God

Describe some of the values Jesus had in mind when he used the phrase "Kingdom of God." One scholar has called Jesus's message "ethical apocalypticism." What do you think this means in light of our discussion of apocalypticism in the text? (You might want to relate this to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.)

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Firstly, as far as the directions go, it seems your question is asking you to really explicate what "Kingdom of God" means (notice that Matthew is the only gospel account to say "Kingdom of Heaven"... this might be worth discussing in your background or application sections). This is because what it means entails certain appropriate behaviors and approaches if one ascribes to it (or "lives within it," so to speak), which you should also cover. The prompt also seems to want you to draw on textual or discussion-related information to support your position at least a little bit. Other than that, this is clearly an argument/interpretation paper based on the material, not a review of the material itself (you'll be graded according to how well you discuss it, not how much material you include).

Secondly, as far as content ideas go, there's one option that seems most natural to me. I'm not entirely sure about how long your response has to be, and I'm not sure what the class has discussed particularly, but I would probably structure the answer in order to cover the following: (1) what "ethical apocalypticism" means in your best interpretation (probably something along the lines of behaving in a way that would stand under serious physical/social tests); (2) what, therefore, "Kingdom of God" means ...

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Describe some of the values Jesus had in mind when he used the phrase "Kingdom of God." One scholar has called Jesus's message "ethical apocalypticism." What do you think this means in light of our discussion of apocalypticism in the text? (You might want to relate this to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.)

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