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The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context

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Monotheism, the idea that there is only one true God, is a powerful religious concept that was shaped by competing ideas and the problems they raised. Surveying New Testament writings and Jewish sources from before and after the rise of Christianity, James F. McGrath argues that even the most developed Christologies in the New Testament fit within the context of first cent ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published June 3rd 2009 by University of Illinois Press (first published March 2nd 2009)
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John Walker
Dec 03, 2013 John Walker rated it liked it
This is one of the first books that I went into with a pretty established negative bias. I have read Larry Hurtado's Lord Jesus Christ and have followed his work closely on his blog over the last year. I find his conclusions both persuasive and faith confirming. Thus, I hope you'll forgive my "unscientific" antagonism with which I approached James McGrath's challenge to Hurtado in his book, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context (of course, on current postmodern phil ...more
Mel Sorensen
Jun 05, 2015 Mel Sorensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good study of the subject

The book is a good summary of the development, differences and similarities of different views of monotheism. I was personally disappointed in some of the conclusions. However this was probably not a fault of the book but was no doubt due to my particular paradigm. I would recommend this book.
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