Leading New Testament scholar N.T. Wright discusses the significance of the Temple and and Daniel 7’s “Son of Man” to Jesus’ self-understanding and divine mission. Continue reading “The Son of Man and the Temple”
Last year I posted an article by Eric Chabot titled Why the Apostles’ Creed Falls Short. In it the author highlights the great shortcoming of the Apostles’ Creed, which is there is no explicit reference to Jewishness and why that is a terrible omission. New Testament scholar Matthew Bates in his excellent book Salvation by Allegiance Alone constructs an analytical summary of the Gospel according to the New Testament. The structure of his creedal summary was partly inspired by the Apostles’ Creed. The crucial difference is Bates’ distillation of the New Testament’s proclamation does contain explicit references to Jewishness. His creedal formulation is as follows: Continue reading “Shoring up the Shortcomings of the Apostles’ Creed”
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matthew 1:1 ESV
There is much to unpack in this opening line but first of all we see here an explicit messianic connection between Abraham and David. We have already established in the previous post how there is strong scriptural precedent for including Abraham in messianic discourse. Therefore Matthew and other New Testament writers are not just making it up but they are interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures in the light of the story of Jesus.
In a previous post, the so called “inter-testamental” period was briefly explored as critical to understanding the radical, sometimes jarring, changes that emerge when we transition from the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament. The New Testament does not even bother giving a quick heads up and takes things for granted because they are addressing an audience familiar with the times. As modern readers we have to put in a bit of work before we can understand their era.
One of the defining events of the past as far as the New Testament and Jewish history in general is concerned is the Maccabean Revolt. Continue reading “The Hammer and the Oil”
Q. When did the worship of Jesus, as God, rather than Messiah, Lord, and Savior, begin? And by whom?
A. First I have to address the wording of the question. It could be asking when/whether Jesus came to be “God” or when “God” came to be re-signified as Jesus. There’s no evidence that Jesus replaced God or overwrote God (so to speak), at least not in the first couple of centuries. Subsequently, there have been Christians for whom God was Jesus, pure and simple. But that’s not what scholars find in the earliest centuries…
Leading New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado offers a summary of his book which shares the title of this post. He focuses on the way God is talked about and reverenced in the New Testament writings.
In the many comments that have been generated by my posting on Jesus’ resurrection as the act of God, it seemed to me that there is a need for some sober and patient analysis of the data in the NT writings. So, I offer this shamless plug for one of my attempts to do this, my modest-sized book: God in New Testament Theology (Abingdon Press, 2010). The publisher’s online catalog entry here
The great NT scholar, Nils Dahl, famously wrote an article on “the neglected factor in NT theology,” which was God! He acutely observed that there were oodles of books on almost every other topic in the NT, but a scant number on “God”. He was (and still is) correct. (It made my bibliographical effort easier!) Indeed, I think that there are a few PhD theses waiting to be written on “God” in some NT writings.
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