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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802845592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802845597
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Mr Short lives in the rural outskirts of Ottawa, the capital of Canada, with his wife (and Muse), April, their two furry kids, Ian, a border(-line) collie and Miss Daisy, a stray American Fox Hound, together with too many cats and a small herd of camelids, which is why he refers to home as the Alpacalypse Farm.

A professional writer since high school, he is a Senior Member of the Society for Technical Communication, an award-winning playwright, a former magazine columnist and internationally-published author, as well as being a life-member of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, an avid motorcyclist, pilot and aircraft homebuilder.

While researching a series of novels he started writing when he taught small engine mechanics at the Embogo Training Centre, in Papua-New Guinea, he stumbled onto the real-life biography of Mata Hari. He found her tale so compelling he finished his first eBook novel, 'I am Mata Hari - the story of the world's most famous dancer, courtesan and spy,' before the original project, a trilogy that mirrors Canada's search for identity.

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As the CEO of Devonia Technical Communication Services Incorporated, a technical documentation company he founded in 1995, he understood the need for clear instructions, written in a relaxed, conversational tone that would enable even novice MS-Word users to convert their manuscripts into high quality eBooks smoothly.

He is currently working on a suite of "How to ePublish" manuals with MS-Word, before writing another set of eBooks about his second great passion (the first is his wife), vintage British motorcycles, and returning to the long-overdue series of historical novels.

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Although it is short it may take a while to read.
Christoper D. Puksta
The initial book/essay gives the argument in broad strokes while the supporting essays fill in specific substance to the broader strokes.
David W. Stroud
This book will strengthen your trinitarian views.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Nevermind VINE VOICE on February 23, 2009
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Bauckham argues that Second Temple Judaism was "strict", and that the high Christology of Paul could only be conceived within the context of Jewish monotheism. Both the Shema and the Decalogue make clear statements of monotheism, and in Second Temple era "there is evidence...the passage recited included not only the Shema itself but also the Decalogue. Observant Jews, therefore, were daily aware of their allegiance to the one God alone" (p 5).

In direct contrast to the hierarchy of gods pervasive among the pagans, Jews viewed God as the sole ruler of everything. It is nothing short of amazing that in this culture the highest Christology was present among early Christians "before any of the New Testament writings were written" (p 19).

Bauckham finds that "In the earliest Christian community, Jesus was already understood to be risen and exalted to God's right hand in heaven" (p 128). The Aramaic 'Maranatha' likely dates to the first years after the death of Christ and is an example of this. Doxologies and hymns offer more evidence, found in Paul's epistles, of worship that dates to the first years after the crucifixion.

Earliest Christianity was a mutation, as Hurtado has noted, of Judaism. And what is very strange about that mutation is that the Christians insisted they were still worshiping the one, sole God, while they worshiped Christ.

These are complex essays, rich and rewarding.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David W. Stroud on February 4, 2009
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This is a superb primary essay (revised from its stand alone book GOD CRUCIFIED earlier)with remarkable supporting essays and further argument about the inherent claims of Christians regarding Jesus and his relation to the monotheistic Jewish worship of one God. The initial book/essay gives the argument in broad strokes while the supporting essays fill in specific substance to the broader strokes. I have learned much from this series of studies and highly recommend it to those interested in the continuity of the claims in regard to Jesus' Divinity arising in the New Testament Church and continuing to this day. In addition to the NT evidence, Bauckham does an outstanding survey of Second Temple monotheism and its interactions with the surrounding Greco-Roman cultural religious mileu. He then demonstrates the ability of the Christians to identify Jesus with God within the monotheistic structure of extant Judaism by dealing with the IDENTITY of God. An excellent discussion of the difference between the conceptualization of identity with God rather than the ontological (nature of) being God opens one's mind to the modes of conceptualization that were available to Jesus, his disciples, and the Church as it understood more and more clearly what it practiced from its earliest days (indeed, from the Resurrection Day!)- the worship of Jesus.

If you were to read only one book of religious study this year, this should be the one. It is thrillingly enlightening and challenging! This is a text which will richly repay multiple readings and from which one may find many references worthy of further consultation. Don't miss it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Felker on July 21, 2010
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In this fascinating book, Richard Bauckham articulates his view about Jesus and the "unique identity of God." The book makes up a series of articles that serve as an expanded version of his 1999 work, God Crucified. In it, Bauckham analyzes a plethora of Jewish background material in establishing who God is. That is, he drifts from the traditional "Nicene" views of ontology and seeks to focus on identity. In fact, Bauckham seemed at times to express some level of uneasiness with regards to Trinitarian views of divine ontology. The reason being, according to Bauckham, the Jews were more concerned with who God is rather than what God is.

The author seeks to establish his case by appealing to a wide range of Jewish texts, both Scriptural and non-scriptural (though some might infer the inspiration of some apocryphal works). To many who read this work, including me, the non-scriptural analyses might appear to be awkward at first, given that so many monotheistic and Christological works have neglected this important background information. However, by the end of the book, the reader will likely understand how important these texts are in establishing how the early Christians would have viewed Christ in relation to God's identity. That is, if we seek to view the Christological texts through the lens of the modern eye, we may very well miss some very important key elements.

Of course, these key elements are in relation to what Bauckham has repetitively inferred as "the unique identity of God." As stated previous, where many Christological works focus on the ontological aspects of God and Christ, Bauckham builds his case in establishing who God is, as second Temple Jews would have understood him.
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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful By James F. McGrath on August 1, 2009
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Richard Bauckham's book Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) appeared after my own recent book on monotheism and Christology, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context, had been completed. I thus welcome the opportunity to write this review and continue the conversation between Bauckham and myself on this topic of mutual interest.

Jesus and the God of Israel is not the "big book" on this subject which he is apparently still working on, but rather includes a revised version of his earlier book God Crucified : Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament as well as several other studies, both previously published and forthcoming, several of which those of us who are interested in this topic will have heard him read as conference papers. As Bauckham acknowledges, a thorough and in-depth study of the texts and issues highlighted in this book is still needed, and he does not claim that the present work accomplishes this (pp.x-xi). Nevertheless, it contributes in interesting and exciting ways to the ongoing scholarly exploration of this area. While I am persuaded that Bauckham is wrong about certain key points, I would add that even when he is wrong he is asking excellent questions, and providing interesting and creative answers that will, even when not ultimately persuasive, nevertheless serve to move our thinking forward and open up new and fruitful avenues of inquiry.

Bauckham groups previous approaches to the topic of monotheism and Christology into two main categories (pp.
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