Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

Lord Jesus Christ Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity This outstanding book provides an in depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life beliefs and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the la

  • Title: Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity
  • Author: Larry W. Hurtado
  • ISBN: 9780802831675
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • This outstanding book provides an in depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century.Lord Jesus Christ is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset s Kyrios Christos 1913 as the standard workThis outstanding book provides an in depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century.Lord Jesus Christ is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset s Kyrios Christos 1913 as the standard work on the subject Larry Hurtado, widely respected for his previous contributions to the study of the New Testament and Christian origins, offers the best view to date of how the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine In assembling this compelling picture, Hurtado draws on a wide body of ancient sources, from Scripture and the writings of such figures as Ignatius of Antioch and Justin to apocryphal texts such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Truth Hurtado considers such themes as early beliefs about Jesus divine status and significance, but he also explores telling devotional practices of the time, including prayer and worship, the use of Jesus name in exorcism, baptism and healing, ritual invocation of Jesus as Lord, martyrdom, and lesser known phenomena such as prayer postures and the curious scribal practice known today as the nomina sacra The revealing portrait that emerges from Hurtado s comprehensive study yields definitive answers to questions like these How important was this formative period to later Christian tradition When did the divinization of Jesus first occur Was early Christianity influenced by neighboring religions How did the idea of Jesus divinity change old views of God And why did the powerful dynamics of early beliefs and practices encourage people to make the costly move of becoming a Christian Boasting an unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage the book speaks authoritatively on everything from early Christian history to themes in biblical studies to New Testament Christology Hurtado s Lord Jesus Christ is at once significant enough that a wide range of scholars will want to read it and accessible enough that general readers interested at all in Christian origins will also profit greatly from it.

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    1. This is a stellar work of scholarship that provides a glimpse into the earliest witness to Jesus. Hurtado is thorough scholar who has given us the fruit of his life work. It has taken on the previously held view that Jesus as God and Christ was a second generation development. Hurtado shows us that Jesus was worship from the beginning and that this devotion is the seed from which later Trinitarian theology developed. It is the core of our faith and a place to begin as we dialogue with postmodern [...]

    2. Larry Hurtado is een autoriteit op het gebied van de aanbidding van Jezus in het vroege christendom. Mijn verwachtingen omtrent dit boek, die bijna als zijn summa beschouwd kan worden, waren dan hoog gespannen. Zo’n 700 pagina’s over de bewijzen die we zowel in de vroege christelijke gemeenschap als in de bijbel terugvinden dat Jezus meer was dan uitsluitend een goed mens, althans volgens het vroege christelijke geloof. Alle Bijbelboeken komen aan bod, maar Hurtado toont zich ook een meester [...]

    3. Incredibly well researched and also well written, which is very important if one should get through the 650 pages. Hurtado puts forward an immensly strong argument for that the worship of Jesus as God came very very early on among the followers of Jesus. A very interesting feature in terms of the scope of the book is that it also covers the earlist of the so called church fathers.

    4. Nicely written and clearly argued. The main idea is that Jesus was worship as the divine Son of God almost immediately after his crucifixion. This is apparent because it's repeated about 100 times. I only read the first several chapters -- the ones that cover the New Testament (426 pages).

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