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

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-15
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To answer the title question effectively requires more than the citing of a few texts; we must first acknowledge that the way to the answer is more difficult than it first appears, bravely facing the possibility that the answer may be less straightforward than many would like.The author raises some fascinating yet vexing questions: What is worship? Is the fact that worship is offered to God (or a god) what defines him (or her) as "G/god?" What does the act of worship actually involve? The conviction that God had exalted Jesus to his right hand obviously is central to Christian recognition of the divine status of Jesus. But what did that mean for the first Christians as they sought to reconcile God's status and that of the human Jesus? Perhaps the worship of Jesus was not an alternative to worship of God but another way of worshipping God.Yes, the questions are challenging but readers are ably guided in their quest for answers by James Dunn, one of the world's top New Testament scholars.

Author Biography

James D. G. Dunn is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Durham in England.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The questionp. 1
The language of worshipp. 7
To worshipp. 8
Other vocabularyp. 12
Related termsp. 18
Doxologiesp. 22
The language of benedictionp. 25
Conclusionp. 27
The practice of worshipp. 29
Prayerp. 30
Hymnsp. 38
Sacred space, sacred times, sacred meals, sacred peoplep. 43
Sacrificep. 52
Conclusionp. 57
Monotheism, heavenly mediators and divine agentsp. 59
'The Lord our God is one Lord'p. 62
Angelsp. 66
Spirit, Wisdom and Wordp. 72
Exalted human beingsp. 84
Conclusionp. 89
The Lord Jesus Christp. 91
Was Jesus a monotheist?p. 93
'Jesus is Lord'p. 101
Word, Wisdom and Spiritp. 116
The testimony of the Apocalypse of Johnp. 130
Jesus as god/Godp. 132
Last Adam, mediator, heavenly intercessorp. 136
How helpful is it to re-express the issues in terms of 'divine identity'?p. 141
Conclusionp. 45
Conclusionp. 147
The answerp. 147
Bibliographyp. 152
Index of biblical and ancient sourcesp. 159
Index of modern authorsp. 166
Index of subjectsp. 167
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