Development of Christian Doctrine

Jeffrey Siker – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Another guest post by Jeffrey Siker, raising a very hard question with some peculiar answers and a provocative suggestion. Jesus and Sinlessness: Metaphor and Ontology, Blog 3 In the two previous posts I have shown how the tradition developed that Jesus was sinless, namely, retrospectively in light of resurrection faith.  If Jesus was raised to divine stature at the right hand of God, then surely he must have been God’s divine Son throughout his public ministry (even if hidden by…

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When Did Jesus Become Sinless? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I recently received a question from a blog member about when it was in the Christian tradition that Jesus came to be thought of as “perfect,” without sin.   I feel no great need to answer the question myself because my friend and occasional guest blog poster Jeffery Siker, long-time professor of New Testament at Loyola Marymount University, has written an entire book on the topic.   And so I asked him to prepare some blogposts, and here’s the first one. For…

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