By Dean L. Overman
Even if Jesus was once rather the Son of God or no longer is a primary query for Christians-and one who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' delivery. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised via books reminiscent of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a gently reasoned case for Jesus actually being the Son of God.
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Preface to the second one version
Preface to the 1st variation
1. advent: East and West in Hellenism
(a) The a part of the West
Greek tradition at the Eve of Alexander's Conquests
Cosmopolitanism and the recent Greek Colonization
The Hellenization of the East
Later Hellenism: The switch from Secular to non secular tradition
The 4 levels of Greek Culture
(b) The a part of the East
The East at the Eve of Alexander's Conquests
The East below Hellenism
The Re-emergence of the East
Part I. Gnostic Literature—Main Tenets, Symbolic Language
2. The which means of Gnosis and the level of the Gnostic move
(a) non secular weather of the period
(b) The identify "Gnosticism"
(c) The foundation of Gnosticism
(d) the character of Gnostic "Knowledge"
(e) Survey of Sources
Secondary or oblique Sources
Primary or Direct resources
(f) summary of major Gnostic Tenets
3. Gnostic Imagery and Symbolic Language
(a) The "Alien"
(b) "Beyond," "Without," "This World," and "The different World"
(c) Worlds and Aeons
(d) The Cosmic Habitation and the Stranger's Sojourn
(e) "Light" and "Darkness," "Life" and "Death"
(f) "Mixture," "Dispersal," the "One," and the "Many"
(g) "Fall," "Sinking," "Capture"
(h) Forlornness, Dread, Homesickness
(i) Numbness, Sleep, Intoxication
(j) The Noise of the World
(k) The "Call from Without"
(l) The "Alien Man"
(m) The content material of the Call
(n) The reaction to the Call
(o) Gnostic Allegory
Eve and the Serpent
Cain and the Creator
Prometheus and Zeus
Appendix to bankruptcy three: thesaurus of Mandaean Terms
Part II. Gnostic platforms of Thought
4. Simon Magus
5. The "Hymn of the Pearl"
(a) The Text
Serpent, Sea, Egypt
The Impure Garment
The Conquering of the Serpent and the Ascent
The Heavenly Garment; the Image
The Transcendental Self
6. The Angels That Made the realm. The Gospel of Marcion
(a) The Angels That Made the World
(b) The Gospel of Marcion
Marcion's particular place in Gnostic Thought
Redemption in line with Marcion
"Grace Freely Given"
Marcion's Ascetic Morality
Marcion and Scripture
7. The Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus
(a) The Text
The foundation of the Divine Man
The Descent of guy; the Planetary Soul
The Union of guy with Nature; the Narcissus Motif
The Ascent of the Soul
The First Beginnings
8. The Valentinian Speculation
(a) The Speculative precept of Valentinianism
(b) The System
Development of the Pleroma
The hindrance within the Pleroma
Consequences of the main issue, functionality of the Limit
Restoration of the Pleroma
Events outdoor the Pleroma
Sufferings of the reduce Sophia
Origination of Matter
Derivation of the one Elements
Demiurge and construction of the World
Appendix I to bankruptcy eight: the location of fireplace one of the Elements
Appendix II to bankruptcy eight: The process of the Apocryphon of John
9. construction, international historical past, and Salvation in keeping with Mani
(a) Mani's technique; His Vocation
(b) The System
The Primal Principles
The assault of the Darkness
The Pacifism of the realm of Light
The First production: Primal Man
The Defeat of Primal Man
The Sacrifice and Adulteration of the Soul
The moment construction: The dwelling Spirit; Liberation of Primal Man
Creation of the Macrocosmos
The 3rd production: The Messenger
Origin of crops and Animals
Creation of Adam and Eve
Mission of the Luminous Jesus; the Jesus Patibilis
Practical Conclusions; Mani's Ascetic Morality
The Doctrine of the final Things
(c) Recapitulation: kinds of Dualism in Gnostic Speculation
Part III. Gnosticism and the Classical Mind
10. The Cosmos in Greek and Gnostic Evaluation
(a) the assumption of "Cosmos" and Man's position in It
The Greek Position
Cosmos-Piety as a place of Retreat
The Gnostic Revaluation
The Greek Reaction
(b) future and the Stars
Forms of Sidereal Piety within the historic World
The Gnostic Revaluation
The Greek response; the Brotherhood of guy and Stars
The Acosmic Brotherhood of Salvation
11. advantage and the Soul in Greek and Gnostic Teaching
(a) the belief of advantage: Its Absence in Gnosticism
(b) Gnostic Morality
Nihilism and Libertinism
Asceticism, Self-Abnegation, the hot "Virtue"
Arete and the Christian "Virtues"
Virtue in Philo Judaeus
(c) Gnostic Psychology
The Demonological Interpretation of Inwardness
The Soul as Female
(d) end: The Unknown God
Supplements to the second one Edition
12. the new Discoveries within the box of Gnosticism
Addendum to bankruptcy 12
13. Epilogue: Gnosticism, Nihilism and Existentialism
Corrections and Additions
Selected Supplementary Bibliography
Index to right Names
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Within the normal framework, the Christian suggestion of loss-of-self is mostly considered as the transformation or lack of the ego (lower self) because it attains to the better or precise self in its union with God. therefore, simply because self at its inner most middle is a run-on with the divine, I had by no means discovered any actual self except God, for to discover the only is to discover the other.
Because this used to be the restrict of my expectancies, i used to be all of the extra stunned and bewildered while decades later I came across an enduring country within which there has been no self, no larger self, actual self, or something that may be referred to as a self. essentially, I had fallen outdoor my very own, in addition to the normal body of reference, while I stumbled on a direction that looked as if it would commence the place the writers at the contemplative existence had left off. yet with the transparent certitude of the self's disappearance, there immediately arose the query of what had fallen away--what used to be the self? What, precisely, had it been? Then too, there has been the all-important query: what remained in its absence? This trip was once the sluggish revelation of the solutions to those questions, solutions that needed to be derived completely from own adventure considering no outdoors clarification used to be forthcoming.
"I needs to re-emphasize that the next studies don't belong to the 1st contemplative move or the soul's institution in a country of union with God. i've got written in different places of this primary trip and suppose that sufficient has been stated of it already, considering the fact that this flow is necessarily the specific challenge of contemplative writers. hence it's only the place those writers depart off that I suggest to start. right here now, starts the adventure past union, past self and God, a trip into the silent and nonetheless areas of the Unknown. " -- Bernadette Roberts, from the creation
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Additional info for A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence
Hapax legomena)—or, if appearing elsewhere in that author’s writings, not with the meaning or in the manner found elsewhere in his other writings—suggesting that the material in question was probably composed by someone else, 3. a preference for participles over finite verbs, suggesting an original oral provenance for the material rather than the literary setting in which it now appears, 4. frequent use of the relative pronoun hos (“who”) to begin passages, 5. contextual dislocations, which may be either poetic material breaking into a prose section or doctrinal material breaking into an ethical section or both, 13 A CASE FOR THE DIVINITY OF JESUS 6.
The classic Christian faith claims that Jesus was in his very nature God, that he was God in human form living as a man in first-century Palestine. This is an astounding claim. Consider the size and vastness of the universe. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is a spiral of two or three billion stars like our sun (estimates of this number vary among experts). You and I are spinning at an immense rate of speed in this universe, with the distance across our galaxy being approximately one hundred thousand light-years.
When one is attempting to determine what actually happened in the third decade of the first century (the decade of the crucifixion of Jesus and the birth of the church), one must examine the evidence available from the 30s and 40s of that century, not evidence from the second century. The speculation of certain New Testament scholars attempting to import second-century gnosticism back into the first century is not rigorous. As I shall show, the contemporary hypothesis of a chaos of diverse early Christian beliefs in “alternative Christianities” is not supported by any first-century document.
A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence by Dean L. Overman