Relation and Ontology in Paul’s Chris(t)ology

I thought this was a particularly important statement in Benjamin Edsall’s review of Chris Tilling’s book, Paul’s Divine Christology: Tilling objects, rightly, to getting hung up on ontological questions in Paul’s Christology, and he spends the majority of the book discussing the Christ-relation and arguing that it has certain important structural parallels with a “typical” Jewish God-relation. Nonetheless, [Read More...]

Jesus’ Piety

One text which received a significant amount of discussion in the Bart Ehrman book review panel session at SBL was Mark 10:18, in which Jesus is depicted as saying, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone?” There is a long tradition of avoiding the most natural sense of these [Read More...]

Thoughts on Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God #SBLAAR14

Today I am a panelist in an SBL session about Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. I thought I would share my notes here both for regular blog readers not attending SBL, for those at SBL who wanted to attend the session and could not, and for those at the session who may find [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...]

Only God

When my pastor recently did a sermon series about controversial topics, I initially wanted to write songs that explored each theme. It soon became clear that that was not a realistic goal. But having found that there were few songs actually about monotheism, and that subject being a scholarly research interest of mine, I did take a stab [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...]

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...]

Wash Your Hands of Bad History

I have yet to read either of the dueling books, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee and How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature—A Response to Bart Ehrman. When I do, I will discuss them in terms of their contents and arguments. But [Read More...]

Al-Hallaj and the Johannine Jesus

Dustin Smith has continued posting a transcript from when he recently interviewed me. Unfortunately, one of the points looks like it lost something in the recording or summarization process. And since it relates to a potential thesis topic, I thought I’d say more about it here. There was a Sufi mystic, Abu al-Mughith al-Husayn ibn [Read More...]

How Did Jesus Become God-Become-Jesus?

David Capes mentioned a panel at the next SBL annual meeting, which I will have the privilege of being on, which will discuss Bart Ehrman’s forthcoming book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Publishers know how to promote their books, and so Mike Bird and others have already come up [Read More...]

Early Jewish Christian Christology

At Reading Acts, there have been two posts on Jewish-Christian Christology. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. See also the video shared at Euangelion, in which Mike Licona and Dale Martin discuss  whether Jesus thought he was God: I find the depiction of Paul as claiming that Jesus was God to be [Read More...]


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