Larry Hurtado on “When did Jesus’s followers first believe he was the Son of God? “

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4 thoughts on “Larry Hurtado on “When did Jesus’s followers first believe he was the Son of God? “

  1. Mike Gantt January 17, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    I love Eric Chabot and his work.

    I love Larry Hurtado and his work.

    And I believe Jesus is God.

    All that said, this video disappointed me – not because I disagreed with anything in particular that it said, but because I believe it frames the issue in the wrong vocabulary.

    When we in the modern era hear the term “Son of God” our minds go to “divine,” “deity,” even “trinity.” Yet “Son of God” was a messianic title historically rooted in God’s promise to David through Nathan in 2 Sam 7 and in Psalm 2 which was attributed to David (Acts 4). Thus John 1 shows Nathanael calling Jesus “the Son of God,” thereby agreeing with Philip’s judgment that He was the promised Messiah. Thus we also have “Christ” (Messiah) and “Son of God” used in tandem confession by Peter (Matt 16) and John (John 20). Our modern minds need to get adjusted to the fact that in New Testament terms Messiah = Christ = Son of God.

    Of course, the resurrection of Christ from the dead profoundly altered the conception of “Son of God,” investing it with dramatically new dimensions of meaning.

    These nuances are lost in the way that the video maker framed Larry’s remarks. I am convinced that Jesus is God, but we do ourselves no favors if in trying to make this point if we lose the Jewish origin and understanding of the term “Son of God” in the process.

    I think a much better framing would have been “At what point did Jesus’ disciples recognize that He was more than a human Messiah – or something like that.

    Again, Eric Chabot is doing some of the best explanatory apologetics being written today and Larry Hurtado’s work on Christian origins is unequalled in the scholarly world. Therefore, I only make these remarks with the greatest of respect for, and agreement with, their ultimate goals.

    • chab123 January 18, 2014 / 1:22 am

      Mike, I agree with you as well about the Son of God term (as I have written about on the blog). You are so kind!

      • chab123 January 18, 2014 / 2:01 am

        Btw, I was told today by a Jesus Myther that my link called Historical Epistemology on my blog was bunk. Life is hard.

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