Early Christian Hymns

Early Christian Hymns December 23, 2019

A round-up of posts related to early Christology, some with particular focus on their expression in hymns, seems an appropriate thing for me to offer you as Christmas draws near. Hope you find these interesting. Although I continue to explore a variety of subjects in my academic work, I regularly come back to my “first love,” the place where I began with my doctoral research, namely Christology.

And so, for your interest, from around the blogosphere:

Early Christian Hymns

Early Christian Hymns — Like That World?

A Hymn That Challenges All Hymns

When Is Resistance Actually “Resistance”?

Jesus, the Lordly Example (Phil 2.12ff.)

The Philippian Hymn–Phil 2.5-11

The Colossian Hymn–Colossians 1.15-20

Stuff Early Christians Read: P. Oxy. 407, a Christian Prayer

Stuff Early Christians Read: P. Oxy. 1786, a Christian Hymn

Music and Emotion in Worship

Jim Spinti has begun blogging through the book The New Testament Christological Hymns, which was reviewed in Reading Religion last year and is on my ‘to read’ list. Here are his posts about it as of my writing this:

A New Book

Mirroring the Heavens

Birthing of the Church

But Does It?

Hymns in the Greco-Roman World

The Power of Rome

Under the Radar

But it’s Already Here

…and dwelt among us…

Greater than the Emperor

So is He or is He Not?

Andrew Perriman addresses the interpretation of Romans 1:3:

Are Ignatius and Irenaeus reliable interpreters of Romans 1:3?

More on supposed incarnational Christology in Romans 1:3

Also about hymns and Christology but in a very different sense and from a much later time:

Bach the Recycler

How Christ Transcends All Space and Time

a reading of Philippians 2:5-11

Submission in Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus, the Trinity, and Subterfuge

See also Larry Hurtado’s posts:

Jesus-Devotion and Historical Questions

The Origins of Devotion to Jesus in its Ancient Context

Lozano’s Study of “Proskyneo” (“worship”)

One God, One Lord

And a review of recent book with some snippets for English speakers:

Review of Jan Rüggemeier’s Poetik der markinischen Christologie: Eine kognitiv-narratologische Exegese

Also relevant is Andrei Orlov’s recent treatment of the rabbinic “two powers” material and its relevance to the study of early Christology, in which he interacts with my own work on that subject. Daniel McClellan also had an important and interesting article appear about Christology in which he mentions my work. A review of “I AM” Monotheism and the Philosophy of the Bible appeared in Reading Religion. See also this article in The Torah about when the Bible became monotheistic.

Also about hymns:

Hymns that Got My Attention Sunday

See too the review of Shout to the Lord (an academic book about contemporary worship music) in Reading Religion. And on the third person of the Trinity largely neglected thus far in this post:

Book Update: How the Spirit Became God

And also related to Trinitarianism: The Lord is One: Reclaiming Divine Simplicity

How on Earth Did Jesus Become God?

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