Review of James McGrath’s Book
After some unexpected difficulties (including almost losing my copy during my trip to China), I’ve finished reading James McGrath’s recent book, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context (2009), and I’ve posted an extended review on the “Essays, etc.” page of this site. (A somewhat briefer version will be published in Expository Times in a few months.)
Essentially, McGrath contends that the Jesus-devotion reflected in the NT wasn’t a particularly unusual or significant development in comparison with other second-temple Jewish evidence. As will be clear from my review, I don’t find McGrath’s case adequate or persuasive. I won’t repeat my discussion in this short posting. Those interested can read my review (and, of course, should read McGrath’s book too).