Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bauckham on How God Became Jesus!

imageThis is a helpful collection of essays by first-rate scholars abreast of the latest research. Anyone who wants a reliable historical account of how early Christians came to see Jesus as God should read this book

—Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, University of St Andrews, UK

The book is now available on AmazonUK here and USA here, and the Kindle version has a sample to download.

We received Ehrman’s MS end of 2013 to read, and we each responded from a particular area of specialisation. All in all this was a fun project, despite having to write it up over Christmas! I am grateful that Ehrman writes very clearly and smoothly, so reading through his book (How Jesus Became God) didn’t take long and was far from drudgery. I think our book is a fun read, too!

Here is my hot tip to all interested in the topic of the books: If want to dip your toes in this area of discussion and decide to read one of them, try to read the other also. I often find that engaging with people I profoundly disagree with leads me to greater insight and adventure, even when my disagreement remains. (This is one reason why I cannot recommend Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable? highly enough).


At 3/25/2014 8:37 PM, Blogger Keen Reader said...

How many of those who read your book do you honestly think will also read Erhman's book? Very few, I would imagine.

Evangelicals will do what they always do: read the "counter" book and content themselves that the critical scholar has got it all wrong (and is probably a servant of Satan to boot), and then never really grapple at all with any of these biblical issues.

You've simply provided them with the perfect excuse.

At 3/26/2014 8:39 PM, Blogger Rafael said...

Wow. So evangelicals are un-read and "never really grapple at all with any of these biblical issues," but then when they do (read and grapple) and actually engage the discussion, all they've done is "provide them with the perfect excuse."

Maybe this is better: Some evangelicals are indeed provincial and insulated from broader discussions. Thank you, Chris and Co., for providing a model for how to engage important issues from multiple perspectives.

At 4/17/2014 1:04 PM, Anonymous Andrew Bourne said...

Just bought it Chris looking forward to reading good critical work on HistoricalJesus unlike Herman. I wondered did anyone consider looking at a scholar studying in the area of extra canonical books as I would imagine there is plenty to refute Herman. I speak as an ex-student of Keith Elliott he would make mincemea t of Ehrman.


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