Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity

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Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity. By Richard Bauckham. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-80284559-7. xii and 285 pages. $34.00.

Bauckham continues his work on New Testament Christology begun in his short and programmatic 1999 God Crucified, now included in this volume as the first chapter, followed by articles supporting the central thesis of God Crucified: New Testament authors included Jesus in the divinity of God from the earliest writings. Bauckham argues that New Testament authors used the attributes of the God of Israel to describe Jesus. In Second Temple Judaism, Bauckham argues, only the God of Israel was recognized as Creator of all things and Sovereign Ruler over all things. By including Jesus in the divine roles of Creator and Sovereign, New Testament authors claimed Jesus was included in God's divinity. In this thesis, Bauckham opposes the tendency in scholarship to trace Christology to angels or "divine men" or to locate "high" Christology as emerging from the Patristic period.

The second part of his thesis is less controversial but as important to Bauckham's Christology. …

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