Jesus-Devotion: Contrary Views
In the spirit of true/open academic-based debate, I thought I’d post information about some of the scholars who disagree with the sort of view that I espouse on early “Jesus-devotion”. Yeah, it’s my blog-site, but I’m not into one-sided propaganda. So, here are some colleagues who’ve engaged my work and expressed some differences of views:
- Maurice Casey, “Lord Jesus Christ: A Response to Professor Hurtado,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 27, no. 1 (2004): 83-96. (And for my response: Larry W. Hurtado, “Devotion to Jesus and Historical Investigation: A Grateful, Clarifying and Critical Response to Professor Casey,” JSNT 27, no. 1 (2004): 97-104.)
- Adela Yarbro Collins, “‘How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?’: A Reply,” in Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity, ed. David B. Capes et al. (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007). (She proposes that ideas/practices of ruler-cult and deification of heroes may have unconsciously influenced earliest Jewish believers, so that they could accommodate Jesus’ divine status. It would help her case if we had at least one other example of what she suggests may have happened so readily. I’m not convinced.)
- Crispin Fletcher-Louis, “A New Explanation of Christological Origins: A Review of the Work of Larry W. Hurtado,” Tyndale Bulletin 60, no. 2 (2009): 161-205. And see my invited response: L. W. Hurtado, “The Origins of Jesus-Devotion: A Response to Chrispin Fletcher-Louis,” Tyndale Bulletin 61, no. 1 (2010): 1-20.
- James F. McGrath, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009). I haven’t been able to read this one yet (awaiting a copy for the library), but there’s what seems an even-handed review on Review of Biblical Literature: www.bookreviews.org.
- James D. G. Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus: The New Testament Evidence (London: SPCK, 2010). I’m reading this right now for review. More later.