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The Son of God: The Origin of Christology and the History of Jewish-Hellenistic Religion by Martin Hengel
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.65" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.28" Weight: 0.33 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1556352301 ISBN13 9781556352300
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More About Martin Hengel
Martin Hengel (1926-2009) was a German historian of religion. His many books include "The Charismatic Leader and His Followers" and "The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Martin Hengel was born in 1963.
Martin Hengel has published or released items in the following series...
Investigations Into the Jewish Freedom Movement in the Perio
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WORLD FAMOUS BIBLICAL SCHOLAR ON THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY Apr 29, 2006
Anyone who has read anything in the field of biblical studies knows Martin Hengel. In "The Son of God" he asks how an obscure Galilean is described by Paul about 25 years later "as a preexistent divine figure" (p 1).
This book, which was written in the 70s, answers those believers in the History of Religions theories. Hengel points out that "The Hellenistic mysteries did not know of sons of gods who died and rose again" (p 25) anymore than did the cults which featured dying vegetation dieties like Osiris. After examining and disposing of all these theories, he takes on the gnostic myths. Here he points out the tiresome error of many (for example, a certain Mr. Crossan) who try to place gnostic texts that were written in the third century back into the first century. "Gnosticism itself is first visible as a spiritual movement at the end of the first century at the earliest" (p 34) he points out tartly.
Other interesting points: Hengel argues for an inner consistency of the belief in Christ, Jesus' unique relationship with "Abba", Jesus' position in comparison to that of all the angels, and the differences between early Christianity and other religions.