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The God of Jesus in Light of Christian Dogma
The Recovery of New Testament Theology
Kegan A. Chandler

In The God of Jesus in Light of Christian Dogma, Chandler embarks on a dynamic investigation of the developmental history of orthodox theology and its impact on popular interpretations of the New Testament. Relayed in two parts, the first provides a panoramic view of Hellenic influence on the early Christian faith, while the second revisits biblical interpretation. Writing for both the dedicated Christian student and the interested public, Chandler boldly appeals to both ancient history and modern scholarship to inform us about the origins of our most sacred traditions, and challenges the reader to contrast those ideas with the words of Jesus.
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Christology in the Making
A New Testament Inquiry into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation
James D. G. Dunn

The New Testament documents cover an intense period of innovation and development in what we now call “Christology.” Before Jesus, “Christology” either did not exist, or existed, properly speaking, only in different forms of “messianic expectation.” At the end of that period, however, an advanced and far-reaching Christology is already in place that does not hesitate to speak of Jesus as “God.” This excellent study of the origins and early development of Christology by James D. G. Dunn clarifies in rich detail the beginnings of the full Christian belief in Christ as the Son of God and incarnate Word.
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What is the Trinity?
Thinking about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Dale Tuggy

If you find the Trinity confusing, you are not alone! What does it mean to say God is “three Persons in one essence”? It might mean a number of things, and it has been understood in several ways by theologians. But how should it be understood, and how was it originally meant? This book shines light on the fog shrouding this subject, equipping you with basic information about the meaning and history of trinitarian ideas, so that you can see the various options and search the scriptures with fresh eyes.

Topics include:

  • What does it mean to say that the doctrine of the Trinity is a “mystery”?
  • Is it true that if try to understand the Trinity you’ll lose your mind, but if you try to deny it you’ll lose your soul?
  • What is the first known trinitarian creed?
  • What did the ancient bishops mean in saying that the Father and Son are “one substance” or “one essence”?
  • Is it true, as some Catholic scholars argue, that the Trinity is not taught in the Bible, although it is taught by later, authoritative sources?
  • What happened at and just before the Council at Constantinople in 381, and why are these events important?
  • Is it a mistake to think that the “Persons” of the Trinity are “persons in the modern sense of the term”?
  • Are the “Persons” of the Trinity something like God’s three personalities?
  • Why is it important to distinguish trinitarian formulas from trinitarian claims?
  • Is the one God of the Bible an eternal, loving, perfect community?
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