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Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? : The New Testament Evidence

Posted on 17 July 2012 Gavin Glenn

Reviewed by Linda Turton

James Dunn dedicates this book to his “partners in dialogue” Richard Bauckham and Larry Hurtado. He is true to the process of dialogue, honouring these scholars’ contributions to this question while challenging some of their conclusions. Jesus affirmed that God is one, he prayed to God as an expression of his own need of and reliance on God. Paul and other NT writers recognized that God was still the Lord Jesus’ God. Yet the early Christians were convinced that he was exalted to the right hand of God; they ascribed to him as Lord what various scriptures had ascribed only to the Lord God. Read Dunn’s portrayal of the early Christians’ monotheism and who and how they worshipped. Dunn attends to the complexity of Jesus’ relationships with both God and humankind, and brings to our eyes the marvellous expansion in the early Christians’ understanding of God.

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