Category Archives: Christology

The New Jonah

As C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays have shown (among others), NT writers sometimes tell us readers that Jesus is the LORD God, and sometimes show us. The story of Jesus’ quelling the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4) … Continue reading

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He Passed Them By

Mark’s account of Jesus’ walking upon water includes an odd detail: when he approached the disciples’ boat, “he would have passed them by” (Mk 6:48). Why? There’s no mention of this in either Matthew or Luke — if we’re thinking … Continue reading

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Radhakrishnan’s Gnostic Christ

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a thinker of extraordinary range — the short excerpt one of his works in the Source Book of Indian Philosophy includes quotations from the Upanishads, Shamkara, and the Buddha alongside Plato, the Bible, Plotinus, Eckhart, Calvin, William James, … Continue reading

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Kiss the King

Why does Judas greet Jesus with a kiss? (Matt 26:50) The Lord shortly after insists that everything happening to him is in fulfillment of the Scriptures (26:54) — might that include the betrayer’s kiss? A particularly suggestive text in this regard is … Continue reading

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Jesus Is Not A Human Person

This might be surprising to you (it was to me). After all, surely there’s nothing more orthodox than to affirm that Jesus is fully human! And yet, Aquinas (following others in the Chalcedonian tradition, notably Damascene), insists that while Jesus … Continue reading

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Christology and Natural Theology in Rom 10:17-18

In Romans 10:17, Paul insists, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ,” and then adds, “Have they not heard? Indeed they have, for ‘Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the … Continue reading

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The Threefold Office in Christ and the Church

It’s a classic thesis of Christian theology — especially dear to the Reformed tradition, but with appeal more broadly — that Christ fulfills a threefold office in his temporal mission, of prophet, priest, and king. Jesus sums up the three … Continue reading

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