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.
Tag: Ehrman’s Christology War (page 2 of 2)
Rather than continuing on with the next chapter in How Jesus Became God, I want to share another way of responding to Ehrman’s argument of how divine humans in the OT and inter-testamental language provide a conceptual background for the early Christian teaching about of Jesus’s “deity”; but one that is far different from orthodox Christianity.
I’m starting to work through Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God and Bird’s (& co) How God Became Jesus. I’ve decided to review them side-by-side in bigger chunks. You can follow the entire series here. I’ll start by summarizing Ehrman, my thoughts, then the response by Bird. I’ve tried to keep this post short, and really appreciate comments!
I’ve given it some thought and I’ve figured out how I will review How God Became Jesus and How Jesus Became God. Considering the books have parallel(ish) chapters, I plan to review the books side by side in a series of posts. I will probably overview a chapter at a time, or maybe a topic, and present “both sides” of the debate. Then at the end I’ll give a final review of both books.
I’m still not sure exactly how I’ll review How Jesus Became God. I have a few ideas: either a normal review, or a chapter-by-chapter thoughts in progress walk-through, or a back-and-forth review with its partner book, How God Became Jesus.