Christology

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    Bauckham, Richard J.

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    Paul's Christology of Divine Identity

    "In my book God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (The Didsbury Lectures for 1996; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999) I set out in broad outline a particular thesis about the relationship of early Jewish monotheism and early Christian Christology, which also entails a relatively fresh proposal about the character of the earliest Christology.1 My purpose in the present paper is to summarize the thesis of the first two chapters of God Crucified, and then to focus in considerably more detail than I have done hitherto on the Pauline epistles, to show how the thesis is verified and exemplified in Pauline theology."
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    Fee, Gordon D.

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    "Christology in the Thessalonian Correspondence", Chapter 2 of Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study

    "The Christology that presents itself in these letters is especially noteworthy, first of all because there is not a self-consciously christological moment in either of them. That is, there is no passage where Paul is deliberately trying either to set forth Christ as divine (or human, for that matter) or to explain the nature of his divinity. His interest in Christ, as we come to expect in his later letters, is primarily soteriological."
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    Martin, Ralph P.

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    An Early Christian Confession: Philippians II.5-11 in Recent Interpretation.

    "Philippians ii. 5-11 is best described as a piece of early Christian kerygmatic confession which found a place in the cultus of the primitive Church. It represents one of the earliest attempts to state, in confessional form, the Church’s belief in the person of the Redeemer and Lord, the price He paid to fulfil the divine purpose which brought Him into the world, and the honour He received at the completion of His mission...[I]t shows clearly that the early Church worshipped Jesus as the exalted Lord. Right at the beginning of the Christian age the followers of Jesus, the people of the way,... hailed Him in worship, confession and prayer as well as in preaching...and accorded Him such divine honour as belonged properly to their covenant God."
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    Martin, Ralph P.

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    An Early Christian Hymn - (Col. 1: 15-20)

    "Dr. Martin, Lecturer in Theology in London Bible College, has paid special attention to the presence of early Christian carmina of various kinds in the New Testament text it was for a thesis on this subject that he was awarded his doctorate by the University of London. An earlier publication―his Tyndale Monograph entitled 'An Early Christian Confession’―examines Phil. 2: 5-11 from this point of view. In the extract from his thesis which we are glad to reproduce here he presents a similar study of the great Christological passage in Col. l: 15-20."
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    McCready, Douglas

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    'He Came Down from Heaven': The Preexistence of Christ Revisited

    "Recently there has been a reconsideration of the doctrine of Christ’s preexistence, and it is this I wish to examine. Preexistence in Christology means that the one we know as Jesus Christ existed in reality before he entered into our world through the incarnation. This has been called 'real preexistence' in contrast to several other understandings we will look at later. The doctrine also means Jesus finds his identity on the side of God before he finds it as a human. Thus the doctrine of Christ’s preexistence explains why the incarnation is an expression of God’s love for fallen humanity."
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    Wilson, Robert E.

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    "He Emptied Himself"

    "This brief study examines some of the difficulties in interpreting Philippians 2:5-11 and attempts to clarify Paul's meaning in this passage. With Ladd we can summarize the main statements of the passage as follows: Christ pre-existed in the morphe of God. He did not consider equality with God a harpagmon. He emptied himself, taking the morphe of a slave, and was born in the likeness of man. In the schema of men he humbled himself in obedience to death on the cross. Therefore God has exalted him by elevating him to the status of Lord over all creation."