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Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.001.0001

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Jesus and the ‘Outsiders’

Jesus and the ‘Outsiders’

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Salvation for All

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and the outsiders. Jesus began his public ministry around AD 27. He focused on the preaching of the kingdom or the saving rule of God already powerfully present but not yet fully completed. According to the Gospels, Jesus responded not only to the Jews but also to the non-Jews. An example of this is when Jesus helped a desperately ill son of a non-Jewish military officer who was in command of 50 to 100 soldiers. Before healing the son of the centurion by a simple word of command, Jesus used the image of God's eschatological banquet to warn what would happen at the end. Meanwhile, the message of Jesus regarding the kingdom reached beyond the frontiers of racial and religious separations. The end of this chapter concludes that the word of Jesus is for everyone because he loves humankind.

Keywords:   Jesus, outsiders, kingdom of God, Jews, non-Jews, God—human relationship, Gospels, healing power, love of God, word of God

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