Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 7: Bird’s first response)

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Bird, Evans, et al., HOW GOD BECAME JESUS Bird, Evans, et al., HOW GOD BECAME JESUS

In my last post I summarized Chapter 1, “The Story of Jesus as the Story of God” by Michael Bird in How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature —A Response to Bart D. Ehrman. For Ehrman there was not as stark a division between deity and humanity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish thought as is often supposed. He hints that Markan Christology may be adoptionistic: Jesus became deity beginning with his baptism while Johannine Christology is incarnational: deity (the Word) became humanity. In other words, Ehrman doesn’t deny that there was one early Christology that became what would later be broadly accepted as orthodoxy. No, Ehrman’s contention is with those who suggest that all the earliest Christians thought this way. Instead, he proposes that there was a diversity of views held by early Christians. Bird doesn’t…

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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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1 Response to Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 7: Bird’s first response)

  1. Incredibly fascinating.

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