Category Archives: Robert Jenson

Preaching Good Good Very Good News: The Grammar of Apokatastasis

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world—and therefore all the difference to the world. How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story … Continue reading

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“The space delineated by Israel to accomodate the presence of God is finally reduced and expanded to Mary’s womb”

It is of course the heart of Christian faith that God’s presence in Israel is gathered up and concentrated in Immanuel, God with us, in this one Israelite’s presence in Israel: he is in person the Temple’s shekinah, and the … Continue reading

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The Annihilation of Israel

Ezekiel 21 “The word of the Lord came to me,” declares the prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanc­tuaries; prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, … Continue reading

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Justification, Faith, and the Radical Question of Existence

by Robert W. Jenson The gospel, in anyone’s version, is a promise that our life will be fulfilled by Christ. When­ever this promise is made, someone will rise and ask, But if he is to bring our meaning, what then is our … Continue reading

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The Impossible Verses of Ezekiel

Ezekiel 20 Every preacher has a list of favorite texts of the Bible that he loves to preach on. They touch something deep within him or her and unleash intellect, imagination, and passion in service of the gospel. For me, … Continue reading

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The Eagle has landed … and will land again

Ezekiel 17 Ezekiel 17 begins with two cryptic parables about Israel, King Zedekiah, and Babylon. In each the figure of a great eagle figures prominently. In the first the eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon and overlord of Judah; … Continue reading

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New Covenant and the Restoration of Zion

Ezekiel 16:59-63 The LORD concludes the allegory of Jerusalem with the announcement of a new covenant. Despite his beloved’s infidelities, despite the severity of his judgments, he replights himself to her—definitively, irrevocably, everlastingly. Yea, thus says the LORD GOD: I … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters and Ezekelian Apokatastasis

Ezekiel 16:44-58 This passage in Ezekiel caught me by surprise, and the surprise intensified when I read Robert Jenson’s commentary. I was not expecting an eschatological turn. Suddenly we find ourselves at what might be called a last judgment. Behold, … Continue reading

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