Apr 6, 2013

Four Aspects of Early Christian Belief

Paul Barnett suggests that there are “four aspects of early Christian belief that can only be explained by the radical influence of Jesus.”

  • His Followers Called the Preresurrection Jesus “Lord”/Kyrios.
  • The God of Israel Was Now Redefined as Abba, “Father.”
  • Access to God through a New Temple.
  • Atonement Was through His Death, Not Temple Sacrifices.

This seems like a pretty good list. What would you add to that list?

Paul Barnett, Finding the Historical Christ, After Jesus 3 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), 252–56. 

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