By Dean L. Overman
No matter if Jesus used to be rather the Son of God or now not is a critical query for Christians-and one who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' delivery. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised by way of books corresponding to 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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My study will focus on the earliest literary sources in our possession that we know for certain were written within decades of Jesus’ death. These documents contain devotional creeds, hymns, and liturgical formulae that preexisted these literary sources and were then incorporated into them. They present compelling evidence of a pattern of worship of Jesus of Nazareth as a resurrected, divine being, dating from a time almost contemporaneous with the events they describe. 3 A CASE FOR THE DIVINITY OF JESUS Although many scholars have addressed the question of the historical Jesus, not all have addressed the well-documented confession and worship patterns of his first disciples.
The evidence inexorably points to the conclusion that the prayer marana tha was in use at an extremely early time in the life of the Christian church and was a well-established practice of devotion prior to Paul’s writings. 6 VERY EARLY HYMNS AND CREEDS PREDATING PAUL’S LETTERS AND INCORPORATED INTO NEW TESTAMENT DOCUMENTS REFER TO JESUS AS DIVINE. Paul’s use of the Aramaic expression marana tha in a prayer formula and his incorporation of many preexisting hymns and creeds into his writing corroborate that Paul is not the source of the adoration of Jesus as God incarnate.
I will not discuss the multiple historical errors contained in the book, but I will discuss the scholarly work that gave birth to this fiction. According to his book, his thesis depends primarily on the validity of the supposedly suppressed gnostic gospels. I will discuss the gnostic gospels, their dating, and their contents more thoroughly in chapter 7, but for present purposes, I merely wish to note Dan Brown incorrectly interprets the gnostic gospels as describing a form of psilanthropism (a belief that Jesus was only human).
A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence by Dean L. Overman