Preface; Introduction; 1. An imminent end? Models for understanding eschatological development in the first century; 2. Matthew 25:1-13 as a window on eschatological change; 3. Mark 13: eschatological expectation and the Jewish War; 4. The Judean flight oracle (Mark 13:14) and the Pella flight tradition; 5. Matthew 24: eschatological expectation after the Jewish War; 6. Didache 16 as a development in Christian eschatology; Conclusion; Bibliography; Indices.
This 1997 study examines changes and developments, in three early Christian communities' expectations of Christ's return and the end of the world.
"A nuanced study that deserves furthur discussion." Fred W. Burnett, Religious Studies Review "...we find Balabanski's ultimate objective to be a worthy one..." C.R. Nicholl, The Asbury Theological Journal