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Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice
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Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice

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Honoring the Son

Before the New Testament or the creeds of the church were written—the devotional practices of the earliest Christians show that they worshipped Jesus alongside the Father.

Larry W. Hurtado has been one of the leading scholars on early Christology for decades. In Honoring the Son, Hurtado helps readers understand early Christology by examining not just what early Christians believed or wrote about Jesus, but what their devotional practices tell us about the place of Jesus in early Christian worship.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of early Christian origins and scholarship on New Testament Christology, Hurtado examines the distinctiveness of early Christian worship by comparing it to both Jewish worship patterns and worship practices within the broader Roman-era religious environment. He argues that the inclusion of the risen Jesus alongside the Father in early Christian devotional practices was a distinct and unique religious phenomenon within its ancient context. Additionally, Hurtado demonstrates that this remarkable development was not invented decades after the resurrection of Christ as some scholars once claimed. Instead, the New Testament suggests that Jesus-followers, very quickly after the resurrection of Christ, began to worship the Son alongside the Father. Honoring the Son offers a look into the worship habits of the earliest Christians to understand the place of Jesus in early Christian devotion.

The Snapshots Series

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the word and applicable in the life of the church.

Other books in the Snapshots Series:


  • Foreword by David B. Capes
  • Introduction
  • Worship in the Ancient World
  • “Ancient Jewish Monotheism”
  • The Early Christian “Mutation”
  • Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice
    • Prayer
    • Invocation/Confession
    • Baptism
    • “The Lord’s Supper”
    • “Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs”
    • Prophecy

Product Details

  • Title: Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice
  • Author: Larry W. Hurtado
  • Series Editor: Michael F. Bird
  • Series: Snapshots
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781683590965

About Larry W. Hurtado

Larry W. Hurtado is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the author of many books and articles, notably Destroyer of the Gods and Lord Jesus Christ.