Adoptionist Christology

Adoptionist Christology July 5, 2019

It was interesting that Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day coincided this year. I wonder how many churches took the opportunity to explore the tension between Jesus’ typically theocentric, “Father-focused” teaching, and the doctrine that makes him co-equal and co-eternal with the Father.

My review of Larry Hurtado’s 2017 book has been published.

Even Higher Christology in the Gospel of John: Frey’s Edinburgh Essay

Christological Non-Starters: Part 1, “Adoption as Divine Son”

Christological Non-Starters, Part 2: “Angel Christology”

Capes on “YHWH Texts” and Jesus

“Pre-Existence” in Ancient Jewish Tradition and the NT

Newman on “Doxa”, God, and Jesus

“YHWH Texts” and Jesus: A Follow-up

“Son of God” in NT Writings

Staudt on”Monotheistic” Expressions

“Honoring the Son”: An Entree Work

Book Review: Adam Winn, Reading Mark’s Christology Under Caesar: Jesus the Messiah and Roman Imperial Ideology

https://www.postost.net/2019/06/appointment-son-god

Explore God: “Is Jesus Really God?”

http://randalrauser.com/2019/01/debriefing-the-trinity-debate-a-conversation-with-dale-tuggy/

Richard Bauckham Defends Divine Identity

On the Origins of Divine Christology

Trinity and Incarnation among the Second Century Apologists

Jesus according to the New Testament—according to Dunn (Gupta)

Unity and Diversity in NT Christology

Did Jesus poop?

Andrew Perriman regularly explores topics related to this:

Isaiah’s suffering servant

Adoptionist Christology and preparing the way of the Lord

Jesus, pre-existence, and often wanting to gather Jerusalem as a hen does its chicks

More on Michael Bird, divine identity, and the Gospel of Mark

Origen on the Challenge to Jesus is God Apologists

Craig Keener reviews Gordon Fee’s book

Allan Bevere on Scot McKnight’s book

Chuck Queen preached about John 10

Ross McKenzie on who Jesus is

Drew Smith on Jesus as divine agent

When Trinitarian Theology Goes Tribal

Why bother with the Trinity?

New Book on Divine Sonship in the Ancient World

podcast 253 – The Apostle Paul a Unitarian

Bob Cornwall on his new book about Trinitarianism

Transcript of a lecture by N. T. Wright.

Yahweh, The God of Amen

Wisdom calls

A few notes on early divine Christology

The Sacred Page explored the image of the divine shepherd and the language of the Father being greater in the Gospel of John.

Who Was Jesus? – Part Two

Hello, My Name is God

Book Announcement: How the Spirit Became God

An attempt to explain the Trinity with help from computer programming

Finally, see James Tabor’s post about a book he is working on, related to the idea that Jesus was the natural offspring of Joseph and Mary – another idea that was widely held in ancient adoptionism as well as in much modern liberal Christianity.


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  • John MacDonald

    That kind of sucks that you have to be a member of the SBL to read James’s review of Hurtado’s book.