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:
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
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:
Hymns in the Greco-Roman World
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:
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”)
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:
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