Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity

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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 Testament Christology -- Hurtado's "Lord Jesus Christ" is at once significant enough that a wide range of scholars will want to read it and accessible enough that general readers interested at all in Christian origins will also profit greatly from it.

 

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Contents

Forces and Factors
27
Jewish Monotheism
29
Jesus
53
Religious Experience
64
The Religious Environment
74
Summary
77
Early Pauline Christianity
79
Key Personal Factors
86
Jesus in the Gospel of John
353
The Christological Crisis in Johannine Christianity
408
Crises and JesusDevotion
425
Other Early Jesus Books
427
Infancy Gospels
447
Gospel of Thomas
452
Revelation Dialogues
479
Summary
483

Christological Language and Themes
98
Binitarian Worship
134
Summary
153
Judean Jewish Christianity
155
Pauline Evidence
156
Judean ChristDevotion in Acts
177
Hellenists and Hebrews
206
Summary
214
Q and Early Devotion to Jesus
217
Untenable Options
219
Kloppenborgs View of Qs Christology
222
Historical Plausibility
226
An Inductive Approach
233
Is Q Peculiar?
235
The Argument from Silence
239
Devotion to Jesus in Q
244
Religious Life in Q
254
Summary
256
Jesus Books
259
Shared Features of the Canonical Gospels
262
The Literary Genre of the Canonical Gospels
270
The Synoptic Renditions of Jesus
283
Summary
346
Crises and Christology in Johannine Christianity
349
The Second Century Importance and Tributaries
487
Christianity in the Second Century
488
Approach and Focus
492
Definitions
494
FirstCentury Tributaries
496
Radical Diversity
519
Valentinus and Valentinianism
523
Marcion
549
Summarizing Reflections
558
Protoorthodox Devotion
563
Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
564
The Fourfold Gospel
578
Visions and Revelations
588
Worship and Prayer
605
Martyrdom
619
The Nomina Sacra
625
Doctrinal Developments
627
Thereafter
649
Bibliography of Works Cited
655
Index of Modern Authors
703
Index of Subjects
715
Index of Ancient Sources
718
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About the author (2003)

Larry W. Hurtado is Professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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