By Larry W. Hurtado
In how the heck Did Jesus turn into a God? Larry Hurtado investigates the serious devotion to Jesus that emerged with amazing pace after his loss of life. Reverence for Jesus between early Christians, notes Hurtado, integrated either grand claims approximately Jesus importance and a trend of devotional practices that successfully handled him as divine. This ebook argues that no matter what one makes of such devotion to Jesus, the topic merits critical ancient attention. Mapping out the full of life present debate approximately Jesus, Hurtado explains the proof, matters, and positions at stake. He is going directly to deal with the competition to - and serious expenses of - worshiping Jesus, the background of incorporating such devotion into Jewish monotheism, and the position of non secular event in Christianitys improvement out of Judaism. The follow-up to Hurtados award-winning Lord Jesus Christ (2003), this booklet presents compelling solutions to queries concerning the improvement of the churchs trust within the divinity of Jesus.
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Ithamar Gruenwald, Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1980); Ira Chernus, Mysticism in Rabbinic Judaism (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1982). 22. : Paternoster Press, 1998). roles as creator of all and ruler of all. In Bauckham's view, the ancient Jewish monotheistic worship of God was predicated on the belief that the one God had created all things and was the one ruler of everything. , in ι Cor. 8:6; Heb. 1:2; John 1:1-3; Col. , Phil. 2:9-11), they felt free to extend worship to Jesus as well.
4. We can thus think of such major reconfigurations as significant "mutations" within religious traditions. Like major biological mutations in species, they are both distinguishable from and also clearly connected to their "parent" religious traditions. That is, major innovations can take place within religious traditions for reasons other than the influence or importation of foreign convictions or practices from other traditions. Conclusion The treatment of Jesus as a divine figure was most vividly and clearly manifested in according him the sorts of devotional reverence that I have cataloged briefly.
7. First Thessalonians is commonly dated ca. E. , L. C. A. Alexander, "Chronology of Paul," in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, 115-23. 8. Hengel, Between Jesus and Paul, 39-40. 9. Galatians 1:11-2:21 is the most extensive autobiographical passage in Paul's undisputed letters, and it includes the most explicit reference to his conversion from a violent opponent of the Jesus movement to a dedicated proponent of devotion to Jesus. In this passage he attributes his religious change to a revelation from God (Gal.