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Jesus and Divine Christology

  • By Brant Pitre
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Did Jesus see himself as divine?

Since the beginning of the quest for the historical Jesus, scholars have dismissed the idea that Jesus could have identified himself as God. Such high Christology is frequently depicted as an invention of the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon, centuries later. Yet recent research has shown that the earliest Jewish followers of Jesus already regarded him as divine.

Brant Pitre tackles this paradox in his bold new monograph. Pitre challenges this widespread assumption and makes a robust case that Jesus did consider himself divine. Carefully explicating the Gospels in the context of Second Temple Judaism, Pitre shows how Jesus used riddles, questions, and scriptural allusions to reveal the apocalyptic secret of his divinity. Moreover, Pitre explains how Jesus acts as if he is divine in both the Synoptics and the Gospel of John. Carefully weighing the historical evidence, Pitre argues that the origins of early high Christology can be traced to the historical Jesus's words and actions.

Jesus and Divine Christology sheds light on long-neglected yet key evidence that the historical Jesus saw himself as divine. Scholars and students of the New Testament--and anyone curious about the Jewish context of early Christianity--will find Pitre's argument a necessary and provocative corrective to a critically underexamined topic.

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    • SKU: 9780802875129
    • Manufacturer: William B Eerdmans Pub Co
    • ISBN 13: 9780802875129
    • Publication Date: 08/15/2024
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Brant Pitre

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