Synopses & Reviews
"This book traces the history of the idea that the king and later the messiah is Son of God, from its origins in ancient Near Eastern royal ideology to its Christian appropriation in the New Testament." "Both highly regarded scholars, Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins argue that Jesus was called "the Son of God" precisely because he was believed to be the messianic king. This belief and tradition, they contend, led to the identification of Jesus as preexistent, personified Wisdom, or a heavenly being in the New Testament canon. However, the titles Jesus is given are historical titles tracing back to Egyptian New Kingdom ideology. Therefore the title "Son of God" is likely solely messianic and not literal. King and Messiah as Son of God is distinctive in its range, spanning both Testaments and informed by ancient Near Eastern literature and Jewish noncanonical literature."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
The King as Son of God -- The kingship in Deuteronomistic and prophetic literature -- Messiah and Son of God in the Hellenistic period -- Messiah and Son of Man -- Jesus as Messiah and Son of God in the letters of Paul -- Jesus as Messiah and Son of God in the Synoptic Gospels -- Jesus as Son of Man -- Messiah, Son of God, and Son of Man in the Gospel and Revelation of John.