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)
Indeed the earliest NT worship was Christ-ology! (Luke 2:8-20)
Thanks for this. I got to get this book and read it!
What are some of the things he says to support his thesis that you have read thus far?
Fr. Robert: Amen!
T.C.: It’s definitely a worthwhile read.
Brian: He hasn’t gotten into any specifics so far. In the Introduction he’s always saying that he’ll get to that later in the book!
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