Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 5)

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Chapter 2, “Divine Human in Ancient Judaism” in Bart D. Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of the Jewish Preacher from Galilee continues the discussion started in Chapter 1, “Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome”. In that chapter he presented three models for divine-humans found in Graeco-Roman mythology: (1) gods who temporarily become human; (2) divine beings born of a god and a mortal; (3) a human who becomes divine. While the Jews were not able to completely resist being Hellenized there did remain many beliefs and practices peculiar to this people. The most obvious would be their dedication to a singular supreme deity. Yet, as Ehrman cautions, we’d be mistaken to think that this meant the same thing to each and every Jew. 

While we often speak of first century Jews as being “monotheistic”—i.e., believing in the existence of and worshipping…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 5)

  1. James, you picked a very interesting book, I am enjoying your reviews very much.

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Hi Laurie! I actually reblogged this from Near Emmaus. I know you like this series, and I’m enjoying it, too.

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