Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology
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The view that Jesus was a human figure who was later adopted as God's son at his baptism or resurrection is commonly accepted by contemporary scholars to be the earliest explanation for Jesus' deity. Bird sharply disagrees, examining early sources and scriptural passages in Mark and Romans to make a strong case for incarnational Christology. 155 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 155
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
ISBN: 0802875068
ISBN-13: 9780802875068

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Author Bio

Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. His previous books include An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans and The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, which won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award for biblical studies.

Editorial Reviews

David B. Capes
— Houston Graduate School of Theology
"In this brief and compelling book Michael Bird challenges those scholars who think that the earliest recoverable Christology was adoptionist. Instead he proposes that the earliest Christologies formed a pattern of convictions and practices that featured Jesus at the center of Christian devotion. Only later, in the second century among the Theodotians, did adoptionism emerge full-scale in debates over select texts and how they should be interpreted. A careful answer to the perennial question Who is Jesus?"

Craig S. Keener
— Asbury Theological Seminary
"An engagingly written, well-researched, and persuasive challenge to a modern (and ancient) adoptionist reading of early Christianity. As one expects from Michael Bird, this book displays his wide-ranging command of relevant disciplines and his respectful engagement with a variety of views."

Larry Hurtado
— University of Edinburgh
"Bird mounts a doughty and well-argued challenge to the notion that New Testament texts reflect an adoptionist view of Jesus’s relation to God. His detailed discussion of the Gospel of Mark in particular is a substantial contribution to recent debate about its Christology."

Chris Tilling
— St. Mellitus College
"With the swell of publications emerging from such able and diverse scholars as Daniel Kirk, Richard Hays, Brant Pitre, Crispin Fletcher-Louis and others, the time is ripe for a little more systematic reflection on early adoptionist claims. Not only does Michael Bird helpfully summarize the present state of discussion, but he also makes a number of incisive exegetical observations along the way, particularly in relation to Paul and Mark. . . . Any future assertions that the earliest Christology was adoptionist, only becoming ’fully divine’ later, will have to reckon with Bird’s perceptive exegesis."

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