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Overview The central theological distinctive of Christianity?that Jesus is God incarnate? has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ?s deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.
The central theological distinctive of Christianity--that Jesus is God incarnate--has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. "Putting Jesus in His Place" is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ's deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.
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More About Robert M. Bowman Jr & J. Ed Komoszewski
Robert M. Bowman, Jr., has a BA from California State University, a master's in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD candidate at Westminster Theological Seminary. He's held various university and college teaching positions in the area of theology, world religions, philosophy and New Testament history. Robert has served as editor at the Christian Research Institute and written many articles published in periodicals such as the Christian Research Journal. In addition, he has authored many books, including 20 Evidences that God Exists. He, and his wife Catherine, have two boys and two girls.
Spanish Language Biography: Robert M. Bowman, Jr., tiene una licenciatura de la Universidad Estatal de California, una maestria en Estudios Biblicos y Teologia del Seminario Fuller y es candidato para el programa de doctorado en el Seminario Teologico Westminster. Ha sido profesor de teologia, religiones del mundo, historia del nuevo testamento y filosofia en varias universidades y facultades. Ademas de trabajar como editor en el Instituto Cristiano de Investigaciones, Robert ha escrito un sinnumero de articulos publicados en diarios y revistas. el es autor de varios libros incluyendo, 20 Evidencias irrefutables que Dios existe. el y su esposa, Catherine tienen dos hijos y dos hijas.
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Well written and good resource Feb 16, 2010
One of the best resources I've found on the subject. It's not exhaustive, e.g., with regard to church history, but it does what it claims to do well which is show the Biblical evidences for Christ's deity. Two suggestions would be to quote Biblical passages when referencing them (saves the reader the time of looking them up) and to address the soteriological need for Christ to be both man and God. Very good resource and I've already recommended it to some friends.
Nourishing the Root: A Review of "Putting Jesus in His Place" Dec 9, 2009
American evangelicals have invested a great deal of effort in making the case for certain important doctrines in the past few decades. We have seen a tremendous amount of resources generated over biblical prophecy and end-times matters. Predictive prophecy is scattered throughout the Bible and the end-times is always a popular topic so the attention is understandable. In the 1980's, evangelicals spent much time and effort debating and discussing the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Evangelicals have also focused heavily on church-growth philosophy and strategies for many years now. Every one of these issues is important and worthy of a large degree of the attention they have received (some more than others). However, these popular issues, important as they are, are secondary matters. In other words, good, faithful, orthodox believers can agree to disagree over these matters and the core of Christianity is not going to rise or fall either way. Christology, on the other hand, does get to the very root of all of Christianity.
Thankfully, several evangelical scholars and authors have in recent years begun to help us to avoid getting lost in secondary matters such as those noted above. Authors Robert M. Bowman, Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski have written a book that will greatly assist us in nourishing the root of Christianity. Putting Jesus in His Place, The Case for the Deity of Christ answers the crucial question: Is Jesus God? The deity of Christ, a fact that is perpetually doubted in scholarly circles, has come under increased scrutiny at the more popular level recently. TV specials, magazine cover stories, novels and movies propose more accurate alternatives to the centuries-old doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. Christology is an area that has been in need of increased attention within evangelicalism anyway. These conflicting accounts of Jesus in the popular media have added to the need to strengthen our efforts in teaching and defending the deity of Christ. Putting Jesus in His Place makes a much-needed and timely case for a central, core doctrine of the faith: the deity of Jesus.
Readers will be pleased to know that Bowman and Komoszewski have crafted the book in such a way that it is a suitable resource for both the popular and scholarly level. The body of the work is written in an accessible manner with more critical notes provided in the endnotes. When theological insider lingo is used, the authors provide helpful explanations along the way. The authors have used the endnotes to provide further information and to point the reader to other valuable resources for further study. For those who are looking to extend their study beyond what is provided in this book, I would highly recommend acquiring the resources mentioned in endnotes #15-18 in the Introduction: Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions by Craig Blomberg, Reinventing Jesus by Komoszewski, Sawyer, and Wallace, 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists by Boa and Bowman, The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright, Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions by Millard J. Erickson, and "The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity: An Outline Study" by Robert M. Bowman Jr. This gives you an indication of the valuable nature of the material provided in the endnotes.
One of the problems I have when reading a book that is filled with so much useful information is the inevitable brain dump that occurs shortly after completing the book. Bowman and Komoszewski have provided a way to alleviate this problem by arranging the material around a creative and meaningful acronym: HANDS. As the authors explain, Jesus shares the Honors due to God, the Attributes of God, the Names of God, shares in the Deeds that God does, and shares the Seat of God's throne. Just as Thomas was persuaded that Jesus is his Lord and God upon seeing and feeling the scars in His hands, the HANDS of the New Testament are powerfully persuasive to convince readers of the same.
The book is divided into five parts according to the acronym HANDS. Each part of the book contains three to five substantive and convincing chapters explaining how the New Testament serves as witness to the deity of Christ. The appendix is a tremendous resource in its own right as it summarizes the biblical evidence for the deity of Christ according to subject and biblical reference (book, chapter, and verse).
One of the things I most appreciate about the book is that the authors make it very clear that the intent of the book is not to merely add another book of abstract ideas to our libraries. The main motivation for the book is to help others to "respond to him [Jesus] as our God." We can make the case for the deity of Jesus but we cannot stop there as if we're just getting all our theological ducks in a row. We must respond to Jesus in accordance with who He truly is. He is God and we must know Him as such. This is how the authors of the New Testament know Him as Putting Jesus in His Place demonstrates.
End-times speculations, biblical inerrancy battles, and church growth formulas have generated a lot of books, videos, and more in recent decades. Each of these areas are important and cannot be neglected but it is time to nourish the root in evangelicalism. I hope that Putting Jesus in His Place enjoys tremendous success and is read by thousands. Now that we know what will happen to those who are Left Behind, let us turn our attention to a subject that I believe have been neglected in favor of lesser things: the deity of Christ. The Bible says so much more about the deity of Jesus than the one or two verses we may have memorized. What good are our attractional church strategies if we are not ready to teach the fullness of the root of Christianity when the people come? How can we demonstrate a proper response to Jesus as God if we are not nourishing this root? I am encouraged by the increase in efforts dealing with this subject. Putting Jesus in His Place, The Case for the Deity of Christ is one of the top resources in this area and the best book you could buy this year. Read it, study it, buy one for your friends and family and may we all be better equipped to know and respond to Jesus as God.
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Informative and highly readable Dec 8, 2009
Robert Bowman and Ed Komoszewski have written a very useful guide to what the New Testament says about the divinity of Jesus. They use the mnemonic "HANDS" (honors, attributes, name, deeds and seat) to explain their ideas, which appear to have been motivated by a desire to quash the modern impression in certain quarters that the concept of Jesus as divine is a modern invention, or at least an invention of a later time such as the Council of Nicea. They do not attempt to paint a new portrait of the "historic" Jesus, rather they take us back to the words of the gospel and explain them in their proper context. A quote, attributed to NT scholar Martin Hengel, captures the essence of what the book is saying (page 30): "more happened in the development of Christian beliefs about Jesus in the twenty years between his death and Paul's earliest epistles 'than in the whole subsequent seven hundred years of church history'".
Among the more critical reviews of this book are diatribes against Christianity; they attack the veracity of Christian beliefs rather than commenting on the extent to which the authors have achieved their purpose. I consider such criticism to be misplaced - it is written for the express and rather narrow purpose of affirming that the gospel proclaimed the divinity of Jesus not as a general apologetic for Christianity.
I found the book highly readable and enjoyable; it remains true to the text of the New Testament and handles difficulties such as Matthew 24:34-36 and Mark 13:30-32 comprehensively. It is not a book for those who reject Christianity and the Bible but for those who are uncertain or confused about what the Bible says about Jesus. To that readership, it seems to me that the book performs a valuable service.
Best book I have ever bought Aug 13, 2009
When you look around our basement it looks more like the library in a theological seminary. The majority of them are apologetic in nature. I have some lighter stuff like Philip Yancey and Chuck Swindoll but out of all these books, over 1000 titles, my absolute fave is " Putting Jesus in His place "!!! When reading the Scriptures like Genesis 19:24 it will finally make sense how the LORD could rain down fire and brimstone FROM the LORD in Heaven!!! It will also make sense when reading Rev. 21:3 how God will dwell with His people, be with them,wipe away every tear. It all makes sense IF God had a Body!!! Amazing stuff but the most Amazing is that God takes on a physical body in order to pay the price for my sins Death!!!
This is an Island moment book, it will strengthen your faith and increase your worship of Him who died that you might live!!! BUY IT!!! BUY COPIES TO GIVE AWAY!!!
Excellent biblical defense of Jesus' divinity Apr 7, 2009
I heartily recommend this book, which is well-researched yet accessible to a large readership.
As I read some of the reviews of this fine book, however, I was surprised to note certain unnecessarily negative ones (e.g., bookman109, Richard Widen). These struck me as being far too casual in their dismissal of a work that has the affirmations of an all-star cast of top-flight New Testament scholars and historians--I. Howard Marshall, Larry Hurtado, Martin Hengel, Craig Evans, Murray Harris, Richard Bauckham, Craig Blomberg.
I won't comment further, but just wanted to make this observation in passing.