By Dean L. Overman
Even if Jesus was once relatively the Son of God or no longer is a vital query for Christians-and one who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' delivery. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised through books resembling Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a delicately reasoned case for Jesus actually being the Son of God.
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Despite imaginative speculations among some New Testament scholars, documented evidence to the contrary has not been produced. Indeed, unlike these primitive liturgical formulae contained in our earliest Christian writings, no document presenting an alternative view can be dated reliably to the first three decades of the first century or even to any part of the first century. As a lawyer examining documentary evidence, I find the support for an alternative view of Jesus to be very fragile. Again, I want to emphasize that this practice of describing Jesus as God did not originate with Paul.
2:1 and Isa. 10:22–23; Rom. 10:16 referring to Isa. 11:34 referring to Isa. 40:13; Rom. 15:11 referring to Ps. 116:1; First Cor. 3:20 referring to Ps. 93:11. 3 IN THE EARLIEST CHRISTIAN DOCUMENTS IN OUR POSSESSION, KYRIOS WAS APPLIED TO JESUS IN REFERENCE TO YAHWEH. When the early church proclaimed that “Jesus is Lord,” it was using kyrios in its most exalted sense. For example, the author of the first letter of Peter, writing in the early 60s, ascribes to Jesus an Old Testament passage in which the term “Lord” refers to the Hebrew Yahweh.
It was the belief in this dual fact and its acknowledgment in the church which was essential to the Christian faith. 4 IN OUR EARLIEST CHRISTIAN DOCUMENTS, KYRIOS WAS APPLIED TO JESUS IN REFERENCE TO THE DAY OF YAHWEH. ” In Second Thess. ” The phrase “the day of the Lord” refers to the “Day of Yahweh” as mentioned in Amos 5:18: “Disaster for you who long for the Day of Yahweh! 5 THE OLDEST PRAYER OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN OUR POSSESSION IS THE ARAMAIC PRAYER TO JESUS AS DIVINE, MARANA THA.
A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence by Dean L. Overman