Jesus emerged from obscurity teaching that the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
That remained his central message. For Jews it meant restoration of the throne
of David. In a world ruled by Rome, Jesus risked being seen as a political
insurrectionist. He was in fact crucified with a placard over his head that
read, Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews.What Jesus meant by the
kingdom of heaven is debated still. The gospel narratives tell us he preached
peace and spoke of the kingdom in metaphors. The kingdom is like a mustard seed,
a treasure planted in a field, a sower casting seed on soils that might yield a
crop or might not. Jesus had no idea of the soils on which the seed he scattered
would eventually fall.Paul took the message further. It became about
salvation. But at the outset, Jesus spoke of how people behaved toward each
other. Treat others in the way you want to be treated. That’s much more
than Christian theology. That’s basic humanity.
This is a subject that has been attempted bymany authors coming from many
different faith traditions, which will inevitably cloud some of the final
decisions. The McConkie's from what is written here seem to have decided to
choose a restrained approach, building on what is known, and not delving into
speculation.It sounds to me like this would be a desirable addition
to most people's libraries.