Published on Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:12
We are joined again by biblical scholar Robert M. Bowman Jnr., Executive Director of the Institute for Religious Research (IRR.org), for an in-depth and penetrating critique of Bart D. Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God : The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.
A respected New Testament textual scholar and a gifted writer, Bart Ehrman argues that neither Jesus nor his earliest disciples considered him divine in any sense during his earthly ministry; but that, following his Resurrection (or, at least, following his disciples' belief in his Resurrection), a process quickly began whereby Jesus became viewed as increasingly exalted, leading to his eventually being considered equal to God.
But how secure is Ehrman's thesis? Did Jesus really "become" divine, in the eyes of his followers, after his death? Or did Jesus appear on the scene as God Incarnate: a reality experienced by his disciples and expressed in the pages of the New Testament?
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[Bart D. Ehrman, Christology, Jesus, Resurrection, fundamentalism, inerrancy, textual criticism, Greco-Roman mythology, mythicism, Apostle Paul, angel Christology, Incarnation, Son of Man, Joseph of Arimathea, empty tomb, John Dominic Crossan, Craig A. Evans, adoptionsim, Shema, heresy, orthodoxy, proto-orhtodoxy, gnostic, Biblical Studies, Bruce Chilton, N. T. Wright, Richard Bauckham, Larry Hurtado, Martin Hengel]