Archive for the 'NT Studies' Category

The Key for NT Christology: ‘Divine Identity’ Not ‘Function’ or ‘Nature’

March 29, 2010

Once the category of divine identity replaces those of function and nature as the primary and comprehensive category for understanding both Jewish monotheism and early Christology, then we can see that the New Testament’s lack of concern with the divine nature of Christ is by no means an indication of a merely functional Christology. We can see that throughout the New Testament texts there is a clear and deliberate use of the characteristics of the unique divine identity to include Jesus in that identity. Once we have rid ourselves of the prejudice that high Christology must speak of Christ’s divine nature, we can see the obvious fact that the Christology of divine identity common to the whole New Testament is the highest Christology of all. It identifies Jesus as intrinsic to who God is.

Richard Bauckham, God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), 42.

The Highest Possible Christology

March 21, 2010

The highest possible Christology, the inclusion of Jesus in the unique divine identity, was central to the faith of the early church even before any of the NT writings were written, since it occurs in all of them.

Richard Bauckham, God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), 27.

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.