The Truth About Chris Tilling’s Book

I couldn’t have said it better-

‘It is a remarkable fact that divine Christology is not an “end product” of a development lasting some decades but that high Christology is present and fully developed already in the earliest testimonies of Christianity, in the (undisputed) letters of Paul. Dr. Tilling has presented an investigation on divine Christology of the highest standard both concerning the exegesis of Paul (esp. 1Cor 8-10) and the awareness of the theological implications. The thesis “that Paul’s Christ-relation is a divine-Christology expressed as relationship” is well founded and marks a progress in our understanding of Paul’s Christology and theology. It leads out from a dead end in discussions whether Paul’s Christology is divine or not. This book is an outstanding testimony of critical scholarship by a mature exegete and theologian’ — Prof. Dr. Hermann Lichtenberger (Professor for New Testament and Antique Judaism at the University of Tübingen and Head of the Institute for Antique Judaism and Hellenistic History of Religions).

I really agree. I love Chris’s book but don’t tell him. The hairy backed balding middle aged lunatic would get a big head and I would have to use my spiritual gift of ‘imposing humility’ on him. Not that I would mind, but I like to save my powers for more serious affronts to Divine Dignity.

The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology

This new collection of essays edited by Marshall, Rabens and Bennema arrived a few weeks back.  My review is below.

This volume gathers writings about the Spirit and Christ by notable scholars including Richard Bauckham, D. A. Carson, James Dunn, and many others. Covering topics that are relevant for the worldwide church today — the life-giving work of the Spirit, the Spirit in Luke and Acts, the gift of the Spirit in John 19-20, pneumatology and justification, community life through the Spirit, and more — the twenty essays included will be a welcome resource for scholars and ministers. The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology is also a fitting tribute to honoree Max Turner, whose outstanding scholarship has focused on pneumatology and Christology.

Who is Jesus: Disputed Questions and Answers

Eerdword has an interesting piece by none other than Carl Braaten (best known for his work in theology) about his new book on Jesus.  It concludes

The quest of the historical Jesus is not only a project of liberal theologians like those of the “Jesus Seminar,” who reject the high Christology of the Councils of Chalcedon and Nicaea; some conservative scholars are also engaged in the quest for apologetic reasons, to discover historical evidence and even proofs for the affirmations of faith. I think they are both off the track. Faith’s knowledge of “who Jesus is” cannot wait on the probabilities of historical research.

Who is the real Jesus? He is the living Lord Jesus, risen and glorified, to whom access is given only through the preaching of the Word and the response of faith. The historical critical method does not result in gaining access to the real Jesus. The Christian faith is not dependent on the always disputable and oscillating results of historical investigation. That is the viewpoint that Who Is Jesus? brings to bear on many of the most controversial issues of Christology today.

It sounds fun doesn’t it!

A Very Pressing Question, It Seems to Me

Chris Tilling writes

If historicity is vital (and the Word, as John puts it, did become Flesh – not a text), then is there not a problem for Christology, even one that simply sits humbly before the canonical texts, because of the sometimes either-or nature of Christology in terms of the John vs. Synoptic differences?

Now that’s a question that will take more than 5 minutes of pondering to answer.  Read Chris’s entire post- it’s remarkably brief (in contrast to that ridiculously long book by Campbell that’s now see it’s 12th review segment on Tilling’s blog, and he’s barely up to page 3!)  😉