The Stewardship of Faith; Our Heritage from Early Christianity

The Stewardship of Faith; Our Heritage from Early Christianity

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...What is clear is that before long the Christology of the Gentile Christians definitely included the recognition of Jesus as the supernatural spiritual head of the community. On the part of the Antiochene mission and its converts the way was made ready for this development by the use of language which could lead up to this result (especially the use of the word "lord"),1 and by the existence among the God-fearers of a theological atmosphere, derived from the Oriental mystery religions, which tended to make them look for a Redeemer-Lord such as was the centre of almost every mystery religion. 1 The use of the phrase Maran atha (i Cor.) seems to show that it was used in Aramaic-speaking circles before it was translated into Greek. Bousset seems to me somewhat to underestimate the importance of this fact; but his Kyrios Christos and his article in the ZNW for May, 1914, make it probable that Kyrios is not the use of Jerusalem. Probably it comes from Semitic-speaking--not necessarily Jewish--or bilingual circles in Antioch, but there is also perhaps more to be said as to the influence of the LXX and its use of icipiot--usually not i xipun--as the translation of Adonai = Jahveh. But obviously the development of thought could not stay here. Further attempts were inevitable to explain the position of the Lord, as the centre of the religious life of the community, in more philosphic forms of theology. The Epistles to the Colossians and to the Hebrews show clearly the tendency to make use of current philosophical language, and this culminates in the prologue to the fourth gospel in the use of the word Logos, which had already been rendered familiar by philosophers as the designation of God--absolute reality--revealed in Utterance and in more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236621271
  • 9781236621276