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Whether Jesus was really the Son of God or not is a central question for Christians—and one that has provoked heated debate since the time of Jesus' birth. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian records to build a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Overman analyzes often-overlooked evidence from liturgies and letters written in the years immediately following Jesus' death—decades earlier than the Gnostic gospels or the New Testament gospels. Addressing questions raised by books such as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman presents powerful evidence from the earliest Christian communities that will be new for many modern Christians and builds a carefully reasoned case for Jesus truly being the Son of God.
In A Case for the Divinity of Jesus, you'll learn:
The highly reliable Jewish culture of memorization and oral transmission that served as the initial means of preservation and communication of the gospel immediately after the crucifixion
How early Christian creedal formulae that preexisted any Christian literary sources provide evidence for us of the earliest Christian beliefs
How these earliest Christian creeds and hymns indicate that Jesus was worshipped as divine at the very beginning of the Christian movement
How the extremely early evidence from oral tradition corroborates the gospel accounts of the resurrection
The substantial evidence for the traditional attribution of the Gospels' authorship -- and that they were written within the lifetime of eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus •Jesus' use of the term "I am": words that function as the name of God in the first century; hence his conviction for blasphemy before the Sanhedrin
Why the Gnostic alternative "Christian" beliefs are not in keeping with the Christian faith founded by the earliest Jewish disciples or apostles of Jesus
Strong evidence that the "Gospel of Thomas" and other non-canonical gospels were late second-century compositions without any independent, historical information about Jesus of Nazareth