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Biblical TruthsThe Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century$
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Dale B. Martin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222838

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222838.001.0001

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Biblical Truths

Dale B. Martin

Yale University Press

A view of the nature of Jesus Christ that rises to the level of full Christian orthodoxy, as expressed in such creeds and definitions as the Apostles’ Creed, and the statements of Nicea, and Chalcedon, cannot be responsibly derived from the New Testament if the constraints of modern historical criticism are obeyed. But robust and faithful views of the nature of Christ may be read from the New Testament, and even from the Old Testament, when the text is interpreted via lenses of creative, Christian interpretation, led by the holy spirit, and interpreted with the guidance of love. Moreover, though constructions of “the historical Jesus” may be used for theological reflection, the Jesus of Christian faith is the Christ of Christian creed and confessions, not the Jesus of modern historical research and construction.

Keywords:   Christology, Great Moral Teacher, Philosophy, Four Gospels, Subordinationism, Suffering God, Incarnation, Historical Jesus, Resurrection

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