An entire 232-page book on one 19-verse Psalm? If that sounds unbearably dull then you may be surprised. The Vine and the Son of Man – Andrew Streett’s revised doctoral dissertation reproduced through Fortress Press’ Emerging Scholars series – is a prime example of the cornucopia of fruits one can reap from a close and careful study of the Word. Streett plumbs the depths of the oft-overlooked Psalm 80, paying a close attention to how it became interpreted eschatologically and messianically in the completed Psalter, the OT, Second Temple literature, and the NT.
Tag: Christology (page 1 of 2)
This is my concluding review of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God, giving a summary of the book and my overall impressions. For a slower in-depth walk through the book, its arguments, and the reply book How God Became Jesus, check out my series Ehrman’s Christology War.
Two titans are being released today and will no doubt cause internet carnage in their wake. One book is called How Jesus Became God and the other, How God Became Jesus, is responding to it. The former is from the (in)famous skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman, and the latter is from a supergroup of evangelical scholars – but hopefully unlike supergroups, they’re actually good together – Michael Bird, Simon Gathercole, Craig Evans, Charles Hill, and Chris Tilling. These two books tackles the questions of whether Jesus’ earliest followers considered Him as divine or whether this was a later development in the church.
I noticed an interesting theme on ‘knowing the LORD’ when I started reading through Exodus this year (using my bible marking plan). I then started noticing it elsewhere and would like to show what I think is a surprising connection in the New Testament.
What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the “Son of God”? And why does the title matter? Maybe you have pondered these things, and it has never quite made sense. You wouldn’t be alone, the question is a common one; and especially with current controversies over how the title should be translated in Muslim contexts, a voice of sanity is needed. D. A. Carson is such a voice, and intends for his book Jesus the Son of God to “foster clear thinking” (p12) on these issues.