Armed and Pre-Existent?

Simon Joseph, author of The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, has offered a response to the recent articulation by Dale Martin of the view that Jesus and his followers may have been armed in the garden of Gethsemane. It promises to be the first of a series of posts on this subject. Brian [Read More...]

How Did Ken Schenck Do?

Ken Schenck blogged about the worship of Jesus, and I feel honored to be included among his list of “key players.” He summarized the views of a number of scholars, but because we are friends and fellow bloggers, he asked me how he did. Here’s what he wrote to summarize my viewpoint: a. I believe he [Read More...]

I AM – the Name of God?

On another thread, about whether Jesus claimed to be God, the subject of Jesus saying “I am” in the Gospel of John came up, and since that comments section was rather cluttered already, it was suggested that it might be worth creating a separate post on the subject. I thought it was a great idea. [Read More...]

Jesus Didn’t Think He Was God

I mentioned a few posts about Bart Ehrman’s recent book yesterday, and there are already a couple more. Larry Hurtado offered some amendments to his post, in light of feedback from Bart Ehrman himself. And Ken Schenck blogged about chapter 3 and whether Jesus thought he was God. In it he writes: I think we [Read More...]

Christology Carnival

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted on Jeff Carter’s blog. It includes an impressive range of posts ranging from Genesis to the Talmud, and includes a number of posts from the recent discussions of Christology in general, and Bart Ehrman’s recent book in particular. I’ve been meaning to mention some of the more [Read More...]

Lamech and Other Christologies

Here’s a round-up of some interesting recent blog posts on Christology: Mike Skinner highlighted a post by Richard Beck, contrasting Jesus and Lamech, which concludes poignantly that “The Song of Lamech is not the Song of the Lamb.” Andrew Perriman makes the case that Jesus is not included in the “divine identity” in 1 Corinthians 8:6. Larry [Read More...]

Shared Names: Christology and Confusion

Nijay Gupta kindly responded to my post. This is turning out to be a delightful conversation, one that seems to be drawing increasing numbers of other blogs into it! It seems that Nijay and I may not disagree substantively. I have no qualms about the way he puts it when he writes that, for the [Read More...]

How High is Kyrios Christology?

Nijay Gupta has offered a reply on his blog to my post which was critical of his claim that, since Jesus is referred to as “lord” in the New Testament, and “lord” could be used to refer to God, therefore Jesus was being identified with God. My complaint was, in the first instance, about the [Read More...]

Christology around the Blogosphere

Let me offer a round-up of the latest Bart Ehrman and Christology blogging. Ehrman shared the first and second parts of his interview with Dale Tuggy: Greg Carey writes: Most Christians, however, have no idea that Ehrman’s book represents a genuine conversation among informed scholars. This is unfortunate. Nothing Ehrman is saying would surprise a [Read More...]

Are the Christologies of Paul and Mark Different?

In discussions of Christology, a major divide (as illustrated by the dueling books between Ehrman and several Evangelical scholars) is between those who say that “high” Christology was present as far back as we can trace, and those who see such Christology as a result of a long period of development. Two key pieces of [Read More...]

How Jesus Became God: Initial Ripples

Bart Ehrman’s latest book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee is now available. I’ve received my copy and will be reading it and blogging about it soon. Jeremy Bouma has already pointed out something important, which is typical of Ehrman’s books for a popular audience. He is simply popularizing [Read More...]


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