Son of God: Reflections on a Tradition is now available.
What do Christians mean when they call Jesus “son of God”? In this study of the phrase “son of God” as applied to Jesus of Nazareth, Christopher Bryan examines the testimony of various New Testament witnesses who used this expression to speak of him, and asks where they got it, what they meant by it, and how it might have been understood. What becomes clear in the course of this investigation is that whereas “Lord”—another expression frequently used in the New Testament for Jesus of Nazareth—reflects early believers’ sense of Jesus’ relationship to them, “son of God” selects their sense of his relationship to God. It is a title that reflects their consciousness of Jesus’ holiness—that is, his “set-apartness,” his consecration, and even his divinity.
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