By Dean L. Overman
No matter if Jesus used to be relatively the Son of God or now not is a primary query for Christians-and one who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' beginning. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised by way of books corresponding to Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a gently reasoned case for Jesus actually being the Son of God.
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32:1–2 How blessed are those whose offense is forgiven, whose sin is blotted out. How blessed are those to whom Yahweh (God) imputes no guilt, whose spirit harbours no deceit. ” 22 CHAPTER 2 Paul clearly uses kyrios as the Greek word for Yahweh. Similarly, Paul, writing in Greek in his letter to the Romans, uses the term kyrios to translate the Hebrew term Yahweh in quoting from the first chapter of Isaiah: Isaiah 1:9 Had Yahweh Saboath not left us a few survivors, we would be like Sodom, we should be the same as Gomorrah.
As discussed in chapter 7, these texts are clearly mid- to late second-century documents, with no hard evidence of any “trajectories” from the first century and no evidence of earlier creedal gnostic liturgical formulae. In other words, those who speculate about an early first-century gnostic “Christianity” have no early evidence comparable to the orthodox liturgical formulae incorporated into our oldest documents (the New Testament letters and gospels). As I have indicated, Paul was not the only writer to incorporate preexisting creeds and hymns.
This veneration was unique in history; there is no other example in the Roman era of such a devotion to a second divine person arising within the context of Jewish exclusivist monotheism. An examination of the Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew words used to describe Jesus and God in the Old and New Testament, together with the Didache, the earliest liturgical manual of the church, confirms that Jesus was revered as divine at the very beginning of the Christian church. Despite imaginative speculations among some New Testament scholars, documented evidence to the contrary has not been produced.