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By Dean L. Overman

Even if Jesus was once quite the Son of God or no longer is a valuable query for Christians-and one who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' delivery. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian files to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised via books reminiscent of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a gently reasoned case for Jesus actually being the Son of God.

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I am concentrating on Jesus of Nazareth because of the unique claims associated with his life and death. The classic Christian faith claims that Jesus was in his very nature God, that he was God in human form living as a man in first-century Palestine. This is an astounding claim. Consider the size and vastness of the universe. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is a spiral of two or three billion stars like our sun (estimates of this number vary among experts). You and I are spinning at an immense rate of speed in this universe, with the distance across our galaxy being approximately one hundred thousand light-years.

11 Neufeld noted that almost immediately after the crucifixion of Jesus, his followers developed statements of faith that were formulae of great significance in the life of the very early church. These formulae were used as faith and preaching formulae (Predigt-und Glaubens formel). According to Neufeld, the words in these formulae or confessions (homologia) “represented the agreement or consensus in which the Christian community was united, that core of essential conviction and belief which Christians subscribed and openly testified.

21 A careful examination of the contents of the New Testament will disclose an abundant treasure of these formulae, particularly as they are concerned with the nature of the person and status of Jesus of Nazareth. ) As Stauffer emphasized, “Christological formulae are so profuse in the New Testament that they far outnumber all other creedal formulae put together. But this serves to strengthen our thesis that it is not the idea of God, certainly not ecclesiology, but the coming of Christ that constitutes the central theme of primitive Christian thought.

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