James McGrath, a blogger himself, has published another book – one which I am fortunate enough to review. (For more, click here.)
“This work puts forward a compelling thesis, questioning the default assumption that what separated first-century Jews and Christians was the Christian elevation of Jesus of Nazareth to divine status as equal with YHWH. McGrath shows decisively that this was not so, arguing with clarity and force and engaging the relevant bodies of primary and secondary literature with precision. A significant and useful book.” Paul J. Griffiths, author of Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity
Product DescriptionMonotheism, the idea that there is only one true God, is a powerful religious concept that was shaped by competing ideas and the problems they raised. Surveying New Testament writings and Jewish sources from before and after the rise of Christianity, James F. McGrath argues that even the most developed Christologies in the New Testament fit within the context of first century Jewish “monotheism.” In doing so, he pinpoints more precisely when the parting of ways took place over the issue of God’s oneness, and he explores philosophical ideas such as “creation out of nothing,” which caused Jews and Christians to develop differing concepts and definitions about God.