Another draft post that has been brewing as I’ve added more and more links to it is this one on Christology. Seeing Ian Paul’s post asking what topics they ought to discuss in relation to the Gospel of John in July at Tyndale House, on the same day that I met with a former student and friend to talk about John A. T. Robinson and the need to revisit his work on the eyewitness testimony behind and Christological portrait of Jesus in the Gospel of John, made me decide that it was time to return to the subject. Yes, I recommend those topics – and would also like to see the Mandaeans thrown into the mix for good measure!
One of the initial sparks to blogging about this topic was a post from Pete Enns, which he posted as part of his “Pete Ruins Christmas” series, but which is of perennial and not merely seasonal interest. Here’s a sample:
The exalted divine title we see here—”Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”—is a long, compound throne name. Such exalted divine titles of kings is just how it was done back then, in Israel and elsewhere.
No one—I repeat, no one—in the 8th c. would think that Isaiah is referring to a child who is actually divine, but of a child born to be king through whom God would work, in this case the liberation of the northern regions from Assyrian control…
From a recent post by Larry Hurtado about the “self-exaltation hymn” from Qumran:
J.D.G. Dunn urged readers to consider more seriously what sort of piety and religious life/experiences Jesus may have had…A historical approach to Jesus should make ample room for him as a devout Jew of his time, not a modern systematic theologian (or liberal Protestant, or Cynic teacher, or whatever), but a Jewish man who not only talked about God but likely had religious experiences as well.
See also his recent posts, and articles that he has shared, related to the “Son of Man,” Jesus-devotion, and Richard Bauckham’s views, as well as his postscript to a new edition of his classic book in which he interacts with me along with a wide array of other scholars, his blog post about his books on Christ-devotion, and his video about the Son of Man debate. Andrew Perriman also blogged about Jesus as “Son of Man.”
Several bloggers blogged about Mike Bird’s book, Jesus the Eternal Son, which I am looking forward to reading and engaging with soon. Mike Bird made a video about the book and did an author interview on the Eerdmans website.
Jim Davila mentioned the rerelease of Loren Stuckenbruck’s classic study of angel veneration and Christology.
Wayne Coppins shared an excerpt from Jan Ruggemeier’s work on Mark’s Christology.
Michael Kruger offered a misleading sensationalist headline, only to offer a post with tired unconvincing assertions.
There was also a video of a lecture about John 5:19-30.