One God, One Lord: Early Christian Devotion and Ancient by Larry W. Hurtado

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When there would have been several decades during which Christian doctrines could have been direcdy influenced by pagan cults and myths. If the cultic veneration of the exalted Christ, the subject of my investigation, were only a feature of gentile Christianity appearing after several decades had elapsed, the pagan evidence would be much more relevant. Such is not the case. I am concerned with a characteristic of early Christian piety that has its origins within the very first few years of Christianity, when it was thoroughly dominated by Jews and functioned as a sect of ancient Judaism.

Or, to borrow E. R Sanders's lan­ guage, one must always study a particular religious phenomenon in the overall' 'pattern" of each religious movement, for the overall pattern may give to the phenomenon very different significance and meaning. In addition to their somewhat one-sided approach to Christian origins, some early history of religions scholars seem to have been heavily influ­ enced in their historical work by their own religious preferences. The pioneers of this school were adherents of the "modern" religious atti­ tudes and preferences of their day, the theological liberalism of the late nineteenth century so uncomfortable with traditional Christian theology, including, quite significandy, the traditional view of Jesus as divine.

Ber. R. Tosephta Hullin Aboda Zara Mishnah Hullin Sanhedrin Berakot Midrash Bereshit Rabbah Introduction T H E PROBLEM Although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (1 Cor. 8:5-6) In these lines, written only slightly more than twenty years after the crucifixion of Jesus, Paul the Apostle summarizes the distinctive nature of early Christian devotion.

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