Naming God in Earliest Christianity
God’s “name” was among the highest categories to which one could appeal in the Jewish tradition of the Second Temple period. Much of the function and significance of that category was shifted to Jesus by earliest Christians, who were baptized into, prayed in, and cast out demons in Jesus’s name. Yet God’s own “name” retained its own integrity in Christian tradition, perhaps most dramatically in John’s Gospel. This lecture will explore questions arising from the relationship of the Father and Son amongst the earliest Christians through the lens of the category of God’s name.
Dr. Joshua Coutts joined Regent's faculty as a Lecturer in New Testament for the 2017-18 academic year. He graduated from Regent College in 2011 with a double concentration in biblical studies and New Testament, and then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. There, his dissertation focused on the Gospel of John and the significance of its use of the divine name in light of the Old Testament. It is due to be published in 2018 by Mohr Siebeck.
This lecture is part of our 2018 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.
Please note: This lecture was previously advertised as being held on Wednesday, July 4. The date has been changed to Wednesday, May 16.
Regent College Chapel
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