|Hummingbird, at our back deck feeder|
- Jesus is a prophet who not only announced but enacted the kingdom of God, by which is meant the return of YHWH to Zion
- This is the real end of Israel's exile
- It is the forgiveness of Israel's sin
- We have the reconstitution of Israel around Jesus who, together with his movement, constituted a new or alternative temple
- In Jesus we have a concomitant call to faith centered on him and not in Torah and temple
- And, this is the fulfillment of God's promise to the Gentiles.
(Thompson, in Nicholas Perrin;Richard B. Hays. Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright (p. 28). Kindle Edition.)
Thompson claims Wright's portrait of Jesus in the synoptic Gospels goes well with Jesus as we meet him in the Gospel of John. This is important, as Wright himself alludes, since New Testament scholars following in the footsteps of Reimarus conclude that John's Gospel is "nonhistorical."
Thompson notes that Wright, in his John for Everyone, presents John's Gospel as simultaneously "very near" to the historical source and "the outcome of profound theological reflection."