Franciscan University of Steubenville
"This is a bold book. In a season when academics battle over 'new' and 'old' perspectives on Paul, Ben Blackwell dares to take up the ancient perspectiveput forward by giants such as Irenaeus of Lyon and Cyril of Alexandria. These early interpreters took seriously Paul's insistence on life 'in Christ.' They spoke of divine adoption, filial deificationa salvation that is transformationalan ontological change that respects the Creator-creature distinction. Christosis is that rare work that succeeds as a work of exegesis and historical theology."
Todd D. Still
Truett Seminary, Baylor University
"More than a comparative study or an interesting exercise in reception history, Blackwell's book challenges readers to contemplate more carefully what it might mean that 'he became what we are in order to make us what he is himself.' "
Edith M. Humphrey
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Here is one of those rare theses that prove themselves both mature and invaluable in method, substance, and analysis. Blackwell's well-considered philosophical grounding, illuminating analysis, judicious adaptation of previous typologies, clarifying charts, comprehensive knowledge of contemporary scholarship, and sensitivity to debates between East and West make for a compelling and exciting argument."
David B. Capes
Houston Graduate School of Theology
"Ben Blackwell is leading a growing chorus of western scholars who showcase the folly of reading Paul without attending to the insights of his earliest interpreters. He takes a neglected feature of Paul's soteriology, namely, deification, and puts it center stage where it belongs. Christosis is carefully nuanced and thoroughly persuasive."
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Clear and elegant. . . . Blackwell's skill at finding apt heuristic categories allows for his patient exegesis of Romans 8, 2 Corinthians 35, along with Colossians 2, Galatians 34, 1 Corinthians 15, and Philippians 23, to be both illuminating and straightforward."