By Dean L. Overman
No matter if Jesus used to be relatively the Son of God or no longer is a vital query for Christians-and person who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' beginning. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised by means of books reminiscent of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a delicately reasoned case for Jesus actually being the Son of God.
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Extra info for A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. ” Paul may then have expanded on the Aramaic formula and referred to the other appearances. In saying that he “handed on” to the Corinthians what he “had received,” Paul is using the customary idiom that denotes receiving (paralambano) and handing on (paradidomi) a tradition. Paul affirms that 29 A CASE FOR THE DIVINITY OF JESUS the gospel message did not originate with him, but he received it from others to whom it had been committed before him.
This is vitally important to understand, for these early formulae constitute the best and earliest evidence available concerning the thoughts, beliefs, and worship patterns of the persons who were closest to Jesus. Given the compelling evidence of an orthodox Christianity contained in these preliterary liturgical formulae, those who assert a nontraditional perspective must bear the burden of producing comparable evidence from the first century that supports their positions. The evidence from these embedded, primitive liturgical gems shifts the burden of proof to those claiming and promoting a gospel at variance with the traditional classical Christian faith.
These formulae were used as faith and preaching formulae (Predigt-und Glaubens formel). According to Neufeld, the words in these formulae or confessions (homologia) “represented the agreement or consensus in which the Christian community was united, that core of essential conviction and belief which Christians subscribed and openly testified. ”12 Neufeld emphasized that the earliest homologia or confessions all concerned Jesus. ” Neufeld noted that in the Platonic dialogues this Greek term was used to describe the premises agreed upon for purposes of discussion.
A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence by Dean L. Overman