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‘Blessed is Whoever is Not Offended by Me’: The Subversive Appropriation of (Royal) Messianic Ideology in Q 3–7

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2011

Simon J. Joseph
School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, 831 North Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, CA 91711USA. email:
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Jesus is never explicitly identified as the ‘messiah’ or christos in Q. The conspicuous absence of this particular term—so frequently used in the Pauline letters and the Gospels—is often taken to mean that the Q community was uninterested in, unaware of and/or rejected kerygmatic traditions which understood Jesus as a ‘messianic’ figure. Yet a careful analysis of the literary structure of Q 3–7 demonstrates that the redactor of Q both appropriated and subverted ‘traditional messianic expectations’ of a popular warrior-king by framing Jesus' baptism, temptation and Inaugural Sermon within announcement and confirmation passages that serve to both affirm and qualify Jesus' relationship to ‘messianic’ traditions. Located within a text dominated by the theme of eschatological reversal, the literary structure of Q 3–7 serves as a rhetorical defense in the redactor's construction of a new identity for Jesus.

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43 Although some scholars have speculated, appealing to Mal 3.1, that John may have expected the eschatological arrival of Yahweh.

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65 Labahn, ‘The Significance of Signs’, 153; See also Cotter, ‘ “Yes, I Tell You”’, 140–2; McDonald, J. I. H., ‘Questioning and Discernment in Gospel Discourse: Communicative Strategy in Matthew 11.2–19’, Authenticating the Words of Jesus (ed. Chilton, B. D. and Evans, C. A.; NTTSup 28/1; Leiden: Brill, 1999) 344Google Scholar.

66 4Q521 2 ii 1,7–8, 12.

67 Fitzmyer, The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins, 37. For the original publication, see Puech, ‘Une Apocalypse Messianique (4Q521)’; Discoveries of the Judaean Desert XXV, 1–38; Eisenman, Robert, ‘A Messianic Vision’, BARev 17.6 (1991) 65Google Scholar; Eisenman and Wise, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, 19–23; Tabor and Wise, ‘4Q521 “On Resurrection”’; Vermes, Geza, ‘Qumran Forum Miscellanea I’, JJS 43 (1992) 299305CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, 347–50; Collins, John J., ‘The Works of the Messiah’, DSD 1 (1994) 98112Google Scholar.

68 Puech, ‘Une Apocalypse Messianique (4Q521)’, 475–519; Discoveries of the Judaean Desert XXV, 1–38; Eisenman, ‘A Messianic Vision’, 65; Eisenman and Wise, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, 19–23; Tabor and Wise, ‘4Q521 “On Resurrection”’; Collins, ‘The Works of the Messiah’, 98–112.

69 Kloppenborg, ‘The Sayings Gospel Q’, 330 n. 101: ‘The deeds of the Messiah listed in 4Q521 bears an uncanny resemblance to the deeds of Jesus listed in Q 7.22’. See also Kloppenborg Verbin, Excavating Q, 405 n. 72: ‘It would appear that a synthesis of Isaian texts was already in circulation by the time of the composition of Q (and certainly, Matthew) and that Q 7.22 reflects this exegetical development’.

70 Tabor and Wise, ‘4Q521 “On Resurrection”,’ 163.

71 Kloppenborg, The Formation of Q, 107. Foster, ‘The Pastoral Purpose’, 86, notes that ‘the catalogue of activities drawn from Isaianic passages do not readily fit into a hitherto known set of Messianic expectations’.

72 Puech, E., ‘Some Remarks on 4Q246 and 4Q521 and Qumran Messianism’, The Provo International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls: Technological Innovations, New Texts, and Reformulated Issues (ed. Parry, Donald W. and Ulrich, Eugene; STDJ 30; Leiden: Brill, 1999) 552Google Scholar; Evans, Craig A., ‘Qumran's Messiah: How Important Is He?’, Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ed. Collins, J. J. and Kugler, R. A.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000) 135–49Google Scholar, esp. 137 n. 17; Eisenman and Wise, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, 19; Tabor and Wise, ‘4Q521 “On Resurrection”’, 162; Charlesworth, J. H., “Have the Dead Sea Scrolls Revolutionized Our Understanding of the New Testament?” in The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Jerusalem Congress, July 20–25, 1997 (eds. Schiffman, L. H., Tov, Emanuel & VanderKam, James C.; Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society/The Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, 2000), 129Google Scholar; Brooke, George J., ‘The Pre-Sectarian Jesus’, Echoes from the Caves: Qumran and the New Testament (STDJ 85; ed. García-Martínez, Florentino; Leiden: Brill, 2009), 46Google Scholar. As non-sectarian, see Vermes, Geza, ‘Qumran Forum Miscellanea I’, JJS 43 (1992) 303–4CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, 347; Bergmeier, R., ‘Beobachtungen zu 4Q521 f2, II, 1–13’, ZDMG 145 (1995) 44–5Google Scholar. Collins, ‘The Works of the Messiah’, 106, is undecided.

73 Eisenman and Wise, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, 19; Martinez, Florentino Garcia, ‘Messianic Hopes in the Qumran Writings’, The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls (ed. Martinez, F. Garcia and Barrera, J. Trebolle; Leiden: Brill, 1995)169Google Scholar; Puech, ‘Une apocalypse messianique’, 498–9; Discoveries of the Judaean Desert XXV, 18–19, 37; ‘Messianism, Resurrection and Eschatology at Qumran and in the New Testament’, The Community of the Renewed Covenant: The Notre Dame Symposium on the Dead Sea Scrolls (ed. Ulrich, E. and Vanderkam, J.; Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1994) 235–56Google Scholar; Stuhlmacher, P., Wie treibt man biblische Theologie? (Neukirchen–Vluyn: Neukirchener, 1995) 32Google Scholar; Betz, O. and Riesner, R., Jesus, Qumran und der Vatikan, Klarstellungen (Giessen: Brunnen, 1993) 112Google Scholar; García Martínez, ‘Messianische Erwartungen in den Qumranschriften’, 183–5. John J. Collins has suggested that the messianic figure of 4Q521 (and so perhaps the Jesus of Q 7.22) is a ‘prophetic messiah of the Elijah type rather than of the royal messiah’ (Collins, ‘The Works of the Messiah’, 98–9). See also The Scepter and the Star, 117–22. For criticism of Collins' position, see Neirynck, Q 6.20b–21: 7,22, 58–9 n. 16. While it is true that prophets could be ‘anointed’ and that this figure preaches ‘good news’ to the poor, as does the figure in 11QMelchizedek ii 18, יבשר in 4Q521 does not refer to a ‘herald’, as מבשר does in 11QMelchizedek. Furthermore, in 4Q521, the figure is not explicitly identified as announcing the ‘good news’; rather, it is the Lord who does so. Second, the ‘anointed of the spir[it]’, in 11Q13 2.18 is not necessarily a prophetic figure, for 11Q13 prefaces its description by identifying the figure as the one ‘about whom Dan[iel] said’, which, if 11Q13 is quoting from Dan 9.25, refers to an ‘anointed prince’.

74 Robinson, ‘The Sayings Gospel Q’, 5.

75 Robinson, ‘The Sayings Gospel Q’, 5.

76 Collins, ‘The Works of the Messiah’, 107. See also Tabor and Wise, ‘4Q521 “On Resurrection”,’ 161. Koch, Klaus, ‘Heilandserwartungen im Judäa der Zeitenwende’, Die Schriftrollen von Qumran: Zur aufregenden Geschichte ihrer Erforschung und Deutung (ed. Talmon, S.; Regensburg: Pustet, 1998), 107–35Google Scholar, esp. 116; Labahn, “The Significance of Signs,” 166. But see also Zimmermann, J., Messianische Texte aus Qumran: Königliche, priesterliche, und prophetische Messiasvorstellungen in den Schriftfunden von Qumran (WUNT 2/104; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1998) 343–89Google Scholar, esp. 343 n. 84. For a more skeptical position, see Novakovic, Lidija, “4Q521: The Works of the Messiah or the Signs of the Messianic Time?” in Qumran Studies: New Approaches, New Questions (eds. Davis, Michael Thomas & Strawn, Brent A.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), 225Google Scholar; Allison, Dale C., The Intertextual Jesus: Scripture in Q (Harrisburg: Trinity, 2000), 112Google Scholar. Kvalbein, Hans, ‘Die Wunder der Endzeit—Beobachtungen zu 4Q521 und Mt. 11.5p’, ZNW 88 (1997) 111–25CrossRefGoogle Scholar; The Wonders of the End-Time: Metaphoric Language in 4Q521 and the Interpretation of Matthew 11.5 par’, JSP 9/18 (1998) 87110Google Scholar, stresses the differences between 4Q521 and the gospel tradition in arguing that the miracles in Isaiah should be read as metaphorical language for the renewal of Israel, not references to literal individual persons.

77 Labahn, ‘The Significance of Signs’, 161, cites 7.31; 11.29–32, 51.

78 Labahn, ‘The Significance of Signs’, 157: Q 7.23 ‘functions as a literary-sociological link. On the negative side, 7.23 is directed against “this generation”… On the positive side, the beatitude strengthens the group, which acknowledges itself to be safe and secure in the light of the promise of salvation’.

79 Labahn, ‘The Significance of Signs’, 157, citing Cameron, Ron, ‘“What Have You Come Out to See?” Characterizations of John and Jesus in the Gospels’, Semeia 49 (1990) 3570Google Scholar.

80 Kirk, The Composition of the Sayings Source, 380; Sevenich-Bax, Konfrontation, 326; Hoffmann, Studien, 214–15; Cotter, ‘ “Yes, I Tell You”’, 135–50, esp. 140–1; Kloppenborg, John S., ‘Literary Convention, Self-Evidence and the Social History of the Q People’, Semeia 55 (1991) 77102Google Scholar, esp. 93–4; Robinson, ‘The Sayings Gospel Q’, 361–2.

81 Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ, 252, notes that Q describes Jesus in ‘more exalted (?)’ terms than ‘messiah’.

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