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Lord Jesus Christ

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'Lord Jesus Christ' is an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century, and provides an insight into...


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'Lord Jesus Christ' is an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century, and provides an insight into the ways that the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine.
-Publisher

This outstanding book provides an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century. "Lord Jesus Christ" is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset's "Kyrios Christos" (1913) as the standard work on the subject. Larry Hurtado, widely respected for his previous contributions to the study of the New Testament and Christian origins, offers the best view to date of how the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine. In assembling this compelling picture, Hurtado draws on a wide body of ancient sources, from Scripture and the writings of such figures as Ignatius of Antioch and Justin to apocryphal texts such as the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Gospel of Truth." Hurtado considers such themes as early beliefs about Jesus' divine status and significance, but he also explores telling devotional practices of the time, including prayer and worship, the use of Jesus' name in exorcism, baptism and healing, ritual invocation of Jesus as Lord, martyrdom, and lesser-known phenomena such as prayer postures and the curious scribal practice known today as the "nomina sacra." The revealing portrait that emerges from Hurtado's comprehensive study yields definitive answers to questions like these: How important was this formative period to later Christian tradition? When did the divinization of Jesus first occur? Was early Christianity influenced by neighboring religions? How did the idea of Jesus' divinity change old views of God? And why did the powerful dynamics of early beliefs and practices encouragepeople to make the costly move of becoming a Christian? Boasting an unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage -- the book speaks authoritatively on everything from early Christian history to themes in biblical studies to New T
-Publisher

"Lord Jesus Christ" is an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late-second century.
This is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset's "Kyrios Christos" (1913) as the standard work on the subject. Larry Hurtado, widely respected for his biblical expertise, provides our best view to date of the ways that the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine. In assembling this compelling picture, Hurtado draws on every available ancient source, from Scripture and the writings of figures like Ignatius of Antioch and Justin to "apocraphyal" texts such as the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Gospel of Truth."


Hurtado considers such themes as early beliefs about Jesus' divine status and significance, but he also explores telling devotional practices of the time, including prayer and worship, the use of Jesus' name in exorcism, baptism and healing, ritual invocation of Jesus as "Lord, " martyrdom, and lesser known phenomena such as prayer postures and the curious scribal practice known today as the "nomina sacra."


The revealing portrait that emerges of this earliest time in Christian history yields a host of definitive answers to such questions as: How important was this formative period to later Christian tradition? When did the divinization of Jesus first occur? Was early Christianity influenced by neighboring religions? How did the idea of Jesus' divinity change old views of God? and Why did the powerful dynamics of early beliefs and practices encourage people to make the costly move of becoming a Christian.


A major contribution to the study of Christian origins, this book will interest anyone curious about the beginnings of faith in Jesus.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 193286
  • Product Code 0802860702
  • EAN 9780802860705
  • Pages 832
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jul 2003
  • Dimensions 235 x 165 x 44mm
  • Weight 1.293kg

Larry W Hurtado

Larry W. Hurtado is professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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