It is the premise of Early Jewish and Christian Monotheism that early Christology must focus not simply on historical but also on theological ideas found in Jewish thought and practice. The contributors to this book consider the context and formation of early Jewish and Christian devotion to God alone. The idea of monotheism is critically examined from various perspectives, including the history of ideas, Graeco-Roman religions, early Jewish mediator figures, scriptural exegesis, and the history of its use as a theological category. The essays explore different ways of conceiving of early Christian monotheism today, asking whether the concept should be applied cautiously and with qualifications, or whether it is to be questioned in favor of different approaches to understanding the origins of Jewish and Christian beliefs and worship.
Loren T. Stuckenbruck is B.F. Wescott Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Durham and is co-editor of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha.
Dr. Wendy North, formerly of Hull University, is a New Testament scholar.