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Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 work
Paperback, 768 pages
Published September 14th 2005 by Eerdmans (first published July 8th 2003)
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Josh Wilhelm
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

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

Apr 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the history of Jesus

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
Daniel Supimpa
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-studies
I’ll work on a proper review on the future, but in short this is a very skilled study on the development of Devotion to Jesus in earliest Christianity (c. 30 - 170 AD). Instead of only analyzing the Christology of texts from this period, Hurtado dives deeper into the various expressions and implications of Jesus-devotion.
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
Shane Hill
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very detailed and proves the early Orthodox beliefs of the Christians of the 1st and 2nd centuries!!
Samuel Derous
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 op ...more
Mike Felker
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't what I thought it would be, but that's not a bad thing. While you'll find a lot of Christology discussions in this, you'll find much more in the way of historical background. Moreover, you'll find a great deal of discussion regarding extra-biblical sources including the gnostic gospels. This is not a "get to the point" kind of book on Christology. It's definitely not a book on apologetics for Christology. But it is an invaluable resource for understanding the backgrounds in which ...more
Justin Wheaton
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesus as God isn’t new

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.
Joseph Sverker
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.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
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). ...more
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Shelves: christianity
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Shelves: formal-study
Great book, well worth the effort.
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