Bauckham on NT Christology

March 21, 2010

… the intention of New Testament Christology, throughout the texts, is to include Jesus in the unique divine identity as Jewish monotheism understood it. The writers do this deliberately and comprehensively by using precisely those characteristics of the divine identity on which Jewish monotheism focused in characterizing God as unique. They include Jesus in the unique divine sovereignty over all things, they include him in the unique divine creation of all things, they identify him by the divine name which names the unique divine identity, and they portray him as accorded the worship which, for Jewish monotheists, is recognition of the unique divine identity.

Richard Bauckham, God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), 26.

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