Guest Blogging on Christology at Near Emmaus

I will be publishing my reviews of Bart Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God, and Michael Bird’s response volume, How God Became Jesus, in a four-part series at Near Emmaus (thank you, Brian LePort!). My first post is now up there, and it lays some preliminary groundwork by interacting critically with Richard Bauckham’s christology of divine identity model. Since most of the authors of the review volume appear to adopt it, I thought it would save some time to articulate some of my concerns ahead of time. Following the reviews, my final post in the series will discuss my own thoughts on the development of Christ’s identification with God.


6 responses to “Guest Blogging on Christology at Near Emmaus

  • Deane

    Good comments, Daniel.

    When you say, “The early Jewish responses to Christianity demonstrate that the ways Christ was conceptualized absolutely did violate at least some of those perspectives”, what examples are you thinking of?

    • Daniel O. McClellan

      Thanks, Deane! I’m thinking primarily of the rabbinic charges against the “two powers” heresies (those demonstrably aimed at Christians), as well as other similar accusations by individual writers from the first couple centuries CE. Justin Martyr, for instance, presents Trypho as demanding Justin prove by the scriptures that there was “another god besides the Maker of all things.”

  • Daniel O. McClellan

    I will have to take some time to go back through some earlier sources, but certainly some New Testament references to Jewish polemics can be interpreted as disapproval of Christ’s exalted position. A good text that I will have to go back through when I have the time is Setzer’s Jewish Responses to Early Christianity:

  • Deane

    I don’t know of any. The New Testament’s Jewish opponents and even Justin’s Trypho seem very concerned about Christian failure to obey the Jewish law. Aside from that, the blasphemous identity of Jesus with the Christ, particularly given his death and crucifixion, are points of contention. But where are the examples of Jewish disputes over Jesus’s divinity? They seem to be hard to find, which is surprising given the many examples of Jews opposing Christians in the literature.

    But maybe I’m missing something…

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