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Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence


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Christians today accept that Jesus is God and worship him as part of the Trinity. But what did the New Testament writers say about worshipping Jesus? Did they portray him as God, someone whom we should worship? Or did they see him as a great prophet like Moses or Elijah?

Here, James Dunn introduces readers to the New Testament passages key to this important topic. He argues that we find a clear sense that Jesus enables worship and that Jesus is also, in a profound way, the place and means of worship. For the first Christians, Jesus was not only the one by whom believers come to God, but also the one by whom God comes to believers.

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  • Title: Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence
  • Author: James D. G. Dunn
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 176

James D. G. Dunn (1939–) is emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar. Dunn is a significant proponent of the New Perspective on Paul, and coined the term in a 1982 lecture. He received a PhD and DD from the University of Cambridge, and a MA and BD from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 he became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

His recent works include Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament EvidenceA New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missedthe volumes Romans 1–8 and Romans 9–16 of the Word Biblical Commentary, and The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon in The New International Greek Testament Commentary (12 vols.).


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  1. The Mangolorian
    Dunn is also associated with the New Perspective on Paul.

  2. Donovan Neufeldt
    Just for those who are wondering, Dunn answers this question in the negative, and believes that Jesus was not worshipped by early Christians (contra Richard Bauckham and Larry Hurtado).

  3. DMB





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