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The Divine Christ
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The Divine Christ


Baker Academic 2018

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For the past century, scholars have debated when and how a divine Christology emerged. This book considers the earliest evidence we have, the letters of Paul. David Capes, a veteran teacher and highly regarded scholar, examines Paul's letters to show how the apostle constructed his unique portrait of Jesus as divine through a rereading of Israel's Scriptures. This volume is ideal for courses on Paul, Christology, biblical theology, and intertextuality.

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Key Features

  • Insightful analysis of the the evidence for divine Christology in Paul's letters
  • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach to construct a striking portrait of Jesus in Paul's writing
  • Biblical theology from a veteran scholar and teacher


  • “Lord” and “Lord” in the Bible
  • Kyrios/Lord as a Christological Title
  • Jesus as Kyrios in Paul's Letters
  • YHWH Texts with God as Referent
  • YHWH Texts with Jesus as Referent
  • Pauline Exegesis and a High Christology

Praise for the Print Edition

David Capes reprises his own foundational work on this topic and engages the converging approaches of other scholars. The result is a comprehensive and accessible account of Paul's understanding of Jesus Christ as fully divine.

—Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Capes offers a brilliant examination of the meaning of 'Lord' in ancient Judaism, in modern scholarship, and in the Pauline Letters. What Capes demonstrates with acumen and insight is that Paul was among those who considered Jesus as Lord in the strongest possible sense, and the highest Christology we can imagine was indeed among the earliest. This erudite and learned volume is for anyone interested in the Christology of the early church."

—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

Every generation of students has to struggle anew with complex questions regarding the status and nature of Christ in the New Testament and early Christian thought. Capes proves himself an expert guide through Paul's Letters, especially Paul's use of Old Testament texts that apply the divine title 'Lord' to Jesus. When Christians called Jesus 'Lord,' what did this mean? Did the first Christians consider Jesus divine? How did they conceive of the unique lordship of Jesus in relation to the one God? To this weighty subject Capes brings proven expertise, crystal clarity of expression, and penetrating analysis of interpretations past and present.

—Nijay K. Gupta, associate professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary

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About David B. Capes

David B. Capes (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean of biblical and theological studies and professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He previously taught at Houston Baptist University. He has authored, coauthored, or edited many books, including Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ; Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters, and Theology; and Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul's Christology.

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