By James D. G. Dunn
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VI. Hengel, The Son of God (ET London: SCM. 1976). famously commented on the fact that the "apotheosis of the crucified Jesus" must already have taken place in the forties jre ferring to the "hymn" quoted by Paul in Phil. wo decades than in die whole of Ihe next seven cenluries, up lo Ihe lime when ihe dot nine of ihe early church was compleied' (2). 76. Chubb distinguished the gospel preached by Christ sharply from accounts of his suf fering, death, resurrection and ascension and any doctrines founded thereon (such as Christ"s meritorious suffering and heavenly intercession): extract in W.
More striking is the fact that the Qumranites evidently drew their inspiration for the us age from Isa. 3: i n the desert prepare the way (derek). 14). ^'- Alternatively put, there is the possibility of a similar sense of the vision of Isaiah 40 having achieved eschatological fulfilment in each of the three parties: 'the way of the Lord' had been realized. The imagery can hardly have been unrelated to the motif of two ways, traditional throughout the ancient world, w here choice has to be made between one and another;''^ but no doubt it was the Jewish version which most bore upon the earliest disciples, as implied by the tradition of Matt.
To ask. How did Christianity emerge from Judaism? is also to ask. What in the earliest days of its emergence was the character and iden tity of that movement? 2), so with the larger issue of how and why Christianity emerged from (or 'broke with') Judaism, it is instructive to recall the extent lo which this issue has shaped the study of Christianity's origins over the past two cenluries. To be more precise: there are two sides to the ques tion, because there were two sides lo the process. Not only the increasing ment of Christianity / w m Judaism, tachment detach bui (note again the irony) the increasing at of Christianity to Hellenism.
Beginning from Jerusalem (Christianity in the Making, vol. 2) by James D. G. Dunn