The title does not lie; I did finish Bock and Wallace's book last night. The last three chapters covered issues of social justice, did Paul change the original Christian message, and was Jesus' tomb recently discovered. All three issues are linked by a view that Jesus was not divine but merely a human prophet pointing the right way. Proponents of the first two views maintain that Jesus never focused on himself but his message, whether the message was a call for doing justice and overthrowing unjust power structures or reforming 1st Century Judaism. Jesus claiming to be the Son of God was invented by the Church after rival views of Christ were silenced, according to those who hold these views; Jesus never linked Himself with the message by claiming to be divine, the Son of God. One view claims that Paul changed Jesus' original message of Jewish reformation along the lines of Old Testament prophets to the orthodox Christianity of today that includes the acceptance of the Gentiles. There were also claims to be dealt with that James, the brother of Jesus, took over the leadership of the entire Christian movement, but his leadership was supplanted. The book contains a very good scriptural analysis of the different emphasis in the thought the various Apostles while revealing their unity concerning core doctrine. Later I will take notes on what I have read. I will now work on finishing the book on Preaching and Wesley on Original Sin.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
I've Finished "Dethroning Jesus"
Posted by Mr. Guthrie at 1:39 PM
Labels: Apostles, Biblical Cannon, Bock/Wallace, Jesus, Paul, The Bible, The New Testament
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