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This outstanding book provides an in-depth historical study of the place of Jesus in the religious life, beliefs, and worship of Christians from the beginnings of the Christian movement down to the late second century. Lord Jesus Christ is a monumental work on earliest Christian devotion to Jesus, sure to replace Wilhelm Bousset s Kyrios Christos (1913) as the standard work on the subject. Larry Hurtado, widely respected for his previous contributions to the study of the New Testament and Christian origins, offers the best view to date of how the first Christians saw and reverenced Jesus as divine. In assembling this compelling picture, Hurtado draws on a wide body of ancient sources, from Scripture and the writings of such figures as Ignatius of Antioch and Justin to apocryphal texts such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Truth. Hurtado considers such themes as early beliefs about Jesus divine status and significance, but he also explores telling devotional practices of the time, including prayer and worship, the use of Jesus name in exorcism, baptism and healing, ritual invocation of Jesus as Lord, martyrdom, and lesser-known phenomena such as prayer postures and the curious scribal practice known today as the nomina sacra. The revealing portrait that emerges from Hurtado s comprehensive study yields definitive answers to questions like these: How important was this formative period to later Christian tradition? When did the divinization of Jesus first occur? Was early Christianity influenced by neighboring religions? How did the idea of Jesus divinity change old views of God? And why did the powerful dynamics of early beliefs and practices encourage people to make the costly move of becoming a Christian? Boasting an unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage — the book speaks authoritatively on everything from early Christian history to themes in biblical studies to New Testament Christology — Hurtado s Lord Jesus Christ is at once significant enough that a wide range of scholars will want to read it and accessible enough that general readers interested at all in Christian origins will also profit greatly from it.
In the great sea of the web the prophesy "Blessed are the last for they shall be first" is coming true. Not in another life, but in this one. Not in another world but in another dimension. There, in the Beyondscreen, people are judged on their integrity, their uniqueness as human beings, and their resources of mind and spirit rather than on social class, race, sexual preference or gender. A "bible for web practitioners." A hundred or so pages written in the blunt, aphoristic and inspired stile of the Net. Provocative. Heresy, possibly. But a heresy which in four "digital precepts" restores the basic values advocated by a hero of yesterday and tomorrow named Jesus. An "open" work fed by the thoughts of many. And one which, in order to live, must be nourished by all of you, the angels of a new digital heaven. As a collective work, it is not just the thinking of one person, but of all those the author read and met (virtually) online.
Donald Bloesch turns to the hotly disputed theological subject of the person and work of Jesus Christ. This volume includes discussion of humanity's plight, the Incarnation, the virgin birth, and the lordship and finality of Christ.
John Stott authors Bible studies from the Gospels on the nature of Christ. The studies include excerpts from his book The Incomparable Christ.

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