Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity
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 ...more
The question as to how Jesus became God continues to receive attention. Skeptics point to the political-charged context of the early creed-producing councils, arguing that the idea of Jesus’ divinity was manufactured late in the historical process. How is one to answer this challenge? Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity is Larry Hurtado’s magnum opus , a massive 744-page book which works to answer this question. In particular, Hurtado sets out to demonstrate how faithf...more
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 ...more
Dialoguing with Willhelm Bousset’s classic “Kyrios Christos” (written originally in 1913), Hurtado concludes, among other things, that the evidence suggests that devotion to Je ...more
This book is amazingly detailed and goes through the first 200 years of Christian devotion to Jesus. It is not the case, as many would have you believe, that Jesus’ divinity was decided at the Council of Nicaea. From the Bible to the earliest Christians, Jesus was worshipped as God in Trinitarian/Binitarian fashion since the beginning.