With the start of the Christology class, I began reading Larry W. Hurtado’s Lord Jesus Christ, starting at the Introduction. For a while as I read, I found myself focused on this quote, which I deem to be part of Hurtado’s central thesis:

[Devotion to Jesus] began amazingly early, and was already exhibiting signs of routinization by the time of the letters of Paul (i.e., by ca. 50 C.E.), which means that the origins of cultic veneration of Jesus have to be pushed well back into the first two decades of the Christian movement.

(Larry W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity [Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003], 7)