If we were to travel back in time to the first century, would we recognize “Christianity?” How much of our imagination of the early church is inspired by our modern Western culture, whether it be our contemporary churches or movies such as The Passion? Or, asking the question in the other direction, would the apostles—even Jesus—recognize Christianity? Craig Evans’ From Jesus to the Church goes a long way towards addressing some of these questions. Evans himself presents his book as a study of “the clash between the family of high priest Annas and the family of Jesus of Nazareth” (p. 2), but the contents of his book far exceed this topic.
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This is my concluding review of Bird (et. al)’s How God Became Jesus, with my overall impressions. For a slower in-depth walk through of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God, its arguments, and this reply book, How God Became Jesus, check out my series Ehrman’s Christology War.
Moving on in my tour of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God and Bird’s (& co) How God Became Jesus, we’ve arrived at the third major stage to Ehrman’s presentation: Jesus’ burial and resurrection (here’s a chapter summary). As Ehrman has argued so far, “Jesus did not declare himself to be God” (p128), that was for His disciples to do later on once they believed He was raised.
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.
Is there a future for national Israel? What Biblical right (if any) does the nation have to the promised land today? Whatever view one takes on this issue, the best arguments must be heard. Back in October last year Chosen People Ministries brought together some of the best scholars who argue for a continuing place for the nation of Israel and the land in God’s future plans. Issues such as hermeneutics, Jewish evangelism, and the teaching of individual books of the Bible are addressed by scholars such as Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, John Feinberg and Michael Vlach.