Christ and Christologies

Brian E. Daley, SJ

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199271566
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Christ and Christologies

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It seems a truism to say that Christology – the interpretation of the person of Jesus in the light of the Christian canon of scripture, and of the tradition which receives it – is what early Christianity, at its heart, is all about. It was because of their understanding of who and what Jesus was that the first few generations of Christians gradually came to see themselves as forming a distinct body within the religious tradition of Israel. Christology lies at the heart of the developing worship, life, and thought of the early church, even as its vocabulary and concepts grew and changed. At the same time, the development of new theological perspectives and interests has prompted modern interpreters of the history of Christian faith to ask different questions, and to look for different answers, from those their teachers had proposed in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords: Christology; Jesus Christ; truism; Israel; theological perspectives; Christian faith

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Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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