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The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
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The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

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Eerdmans 2006

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Overview

In this challenging book, rising New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole contradicts a commonly held view among biblical scholars—that the Gospel of John is the only Gospel to give evidence for Jesus’ heavenly identity and preexistence. The Preexistent Son demonstrates that Matthew, Mark, and Luke were also well aware that the Son of God existed with the Father prior to his earthly ministry. Gathercole supports his argument by considering the “I have come” sayings of Jesus and strikingly similar angelic sayings discovered in Second Temple and Rabbinic literature. Further, he considers related topics such as Wisdom Christology and the titles applied to Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the preexistence of Christ in the Gospels
  • Contradicts popular scholarly views of Jesus’ heavenly identity and preexistence
  • Considers the titles applied to Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels

Contents

  • Preexistence in Earliest Christianity
  • The Transcendence of Christ in Matthew, Mark, and Luke
  • The “I Have Come” + Purpose Formula in Matthew, Mark, and Luke
  • False Perspectives on the “I Have Come” Sayings
  • Use of the “I Have Come” + Purpose Formula by Angels
  • A New Reading of the Synoptic “I Have Come” Sayings
  • The Mission of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels
  • A Critique of the Wisdom Christology Hypothesis
  • The Preexistent Christ and the History of Israel (Matthew 23.37)
  • “Messiah” and “Anatol3” (Luke 1.78)
  • “Lord”
  • “Son of Man”
  • “Son of God”
  • Some Aspects of the Contemporary Theological Debate

Praise for the Print Edition

The Preexistent Son investigates and sheds considerable light on an important but neglected theme. Simon Gathercole, who has emerged in recent years as a major player in New Testament scholarship, demonstrates mastery of the relevant primary and secondary literature. I am impressed by the way he sifts through a great deal of complicated material and presents it in a clear and compelling way. Gathercole has thrown down the gauntlet . . . I recommend this book enthusiastically.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

Gathercole makes a strong case with scrupulous attention to the evidence and the views of others. The ramifications of this timely study are numerous and powerful.

Larry W. Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, University of Edinburgh

Gathercole’s study is both thoroughly exegetical and theologically sensitive . . . This book is as important for systematic theology as for biblical studies.

J. Louis Martyn, Edward Robinson Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology, Union Theological Seminary

Gathercole’s monograph is a model of cogent argumentation . . . Provides sufficient evidence to open the question of preexistence in the Christologies of the Synoptic Gospels anew.

Review of Biblical Literature

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About Simon J. Gathercole

Simon J. Gathercole is lecturer for the faculty of divinity at the University of Cambridge. His other works include Heaven on Earth and Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment.