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God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ (Foundations of Evangelical Theology)

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Nothing is more important than what a person believes about Jesus Christ. To understand Christ correctly is to understand the very heart of God, Scripture, and the gospel. To get to the core of this belief, this latest volume in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series lays out a systematic summary of Christology from philosophical, biblical, and historical perspecti ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 30th 2016 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Todd Miles
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christology, theology
Steve Wellum's God the Son Incarnate is the best book on Christology I have ever read. It receives my highest recommendation. I am already scheming on how to require this in my classes. My only small quibble is that Steve does not develop the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ to the degree that the Scriptures do.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
This book is an outstanding defence of orthodox Christology. The author begins with a survey of the effects of Enlightenment Rationalism and Postmodernism upon contemporary Christology, then defends the position of the church catholic from scripture. Dr Wellum avoids a biblicist approach but recognises the ministerial role of tradition within Protestant and Reformed theology. Hence, his discussions concerning how the church has responded to early heresies on the person of Christ is most relevant ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Jesus of Nazareth has been and still is an enigma to many people. Even though he has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries, a majority of people are still confused regarding his identity.

In case you were in doubt, Stephen J. Wellum's God the Son Incarnate is theology written primarily with a scholarly focus. To clarify, I think you'd need to be a scholar (or have the patience of a scholar) to unpack the information and then be abl
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a part of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series. I appreciated the series overall and this work on Christology is now among my top favorites in the series. It is quite a meaty work and reading it was no small undertaking. Reading this book makes me appreciate just how much Christian scholarship exists and how much that I still need to tap into. I learned a lot reading this book. In my opinion I think Stephen Wellum’s work is ideal as a seminary text book and for thos ...more
David Steele
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephen J. Wellum, God the Son Incarnate Wheaton: Crossway, 2016, 496 pp, $40.00

God the Son Incarnate by Stephen J. Wellum is the latest installment in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology Series. This outstanding series, edited by John Feinberg was first introduced with the publication of No One Like Him back in 2001.

The author notes that “Jesus himself understood and taught that both Scripture and God’s plan of salvation are Christocenric.” J.I. Packer adds, “Christology is the true hub rou
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my reviewing if I receive an egalley of a book that I find truly exceptional and valuable I purchase a hard copy for my personal library. Stephen J. Wellum's latest work on Christology God the Son Incarnate is one such title. Wellum's work ably traces the historical trends surrounding Christology and defends the biblical teaching concerning the person of Jesus Christ.

In four major sections Wellum addresses the epistemological basis for Christology, the biblical basis of Christology, the histo
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular. The best one-volume evangelical Christology. Helpful definitions and distinctions while also going very deep into questions surrounding epistemology, Scripture, tradition, and contemporary Christological movements. Highly recommended.
Dustin Hunt
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Wellum’s God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ is one of the newest editions to the Foundations of Evangelical Theology set. This lengthy work focuses on Christology specifically, seeking to answer the fundamental yet critical question: who is Jesus Christ? For those new to study of Christology, this book will give you insight into the progression of Christology development; for those who are well versed in the field, Wellum’s work will be a welcomed perspective in evangelical sc ...more
Spencer R
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A truly excellent book on Christology (as you can see from the other reviews written here). Have a look through the other reviews on this book as they will explain it better than I can. I gave the book 5 stars because it is well written and gives a fine defense for a biblical Christiology. However, this is not a book to pass out to your church members. Unless you have a pretty good handle on epistemology and philosophy, or you have at least done a good bit of reading, most of this book will be d ...more
Craig W.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The historical, trinitarian doctrine of the identity of Jesus is challenged in new and old ways in each generation. Wellum provides a soup to nuts defense of the eternal deity and full humanity of the Son. He begins by explaining why the Bible is the only authoritative source for Christology. He then develops the doctrine in some detail. The second half of the book covers the history of this doctrine and ends with some contemporary issues and solutions.

Suitable for the well informed layman or pa
Jon Pentecost
Wellum is clear, careful, and worshipful as he summarizes a Scriptural understanding of Jesus, God the Son Incarnate.

But this is more than simply a survey of the doctrine of Christ. He also makes a case for why and how we ought to approach Scripture as our authority in determining who Jesus is, and presents a model for how to move from the biblical text to more systematic questions about how the two natures of Christ fit, etc.

This book is a tremendous example of how we should underst
Andy Efting
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an exceptional book! I have long has questions regarding various aspects of the Hypostatic Union -- e.g., how could the omniscient Son of God grow in knowledge as a human, without giving up his deity or his complete humanity? This and other questions are fully explored as we probe the theological depths of what it means for Jesus to be the Son of God Incarnate. Make no mistake, this is not an "easy read" but it is a very helpful and fulfilling read. The Doctrine of Christ is the most g ...more
Chance Faulkner
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is divided into 3 parts: epistemology warrant for Christology, biblical warrant for Christology, and ecclesiological warrant for Christology.

It is not aimed at the regular layperson or even most pastors. It's very academic and steeped with concepts, issues that the regular Christian will fail to appreciate and understand.

Wellum's exegesis is always fantastic.
Cole Brandon
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A concise, academic defense of classic Christology; standing on the shoulders of David Wells.
Lucas Bradburn
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Caleb Batchelor
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in recent years!
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Make no mistake, "God the Son Incarnate" is a MASSIVE TOME on Christology...the study of Jesus.  Comprised of four parts, divided into 14 chapters, this volume was thoroughly researched.  How thorough, you ask?  There are 1,317 end note citations.  Simply phenomenal effort went into producing this book.

Dr. Wellum, who is the Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, takes readers carefully, academically, deeply into the study of who Jesus the Messiah is.  He e
dave kakish
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
What I read was a pre-released, unedited manuscript given to us by Dr. Wellum as a textbook for his Person of Christ class–the actual book may be shorter in length, as I understand Feinberg is currently trimming it down. This book was longwinded, a tad repetitive, and fantastically thorough. Wellum leaves no stone left unturned. Careful and precise would be two apt adjectives to describe the manner and method of Wellum's Christology.

This monolithic book is not for the faint of heart. It is divid
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Stephen J. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Stephen lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Karen, and their five children.
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