He Came Down from Heaven: The Preexistence of Christ and the Christian Faith

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 10, 2005 - Religion - 349 pages
Who Was Jesus Christ? Accompanying all the new studies of the life of Jesus has been the question of Jesus' identity. Was he anything more than a human creature? A key issue in this debate is the claim of Jesus' preexistence as the divine, uncreated, Son of God before his incarnation on earth. Douglas McCready provides a thorough survey of the doctrine covering New Testament teaching, Jewish and Hellenistic background and historical development. He carefully weighs the evidence and engages the arguments for and against the Christian orthodox conviction of Christ's preexistence. Drawing on expert scholarship McCready makes this important subject of debate accessible to students and other non-experts who want to know the evidence and arguments for this central doctrine of Christian faith. This book will be especially useful as a supplementary text for theology courses on Christology or in biblical studies courses on the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
THE SETTING
11
THE NEW TESTAMENT WITNESS
40
PAULS WRITINGS
70
OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WITNESSES
105
THE WRITINGS OF JOHN
135
JEWISH AND HELLENISTIC BACKGROUND
163
POSTAPOSTOLIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOCTRINE
200
THEOLOGICAL ISSUES
234
THE PREEXISTENCE OF CHRIST AND MODERN THEOLOGY
257
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
308
Bibliography
319
Names Index
343
Subject Index
347
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Douglas McCready (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Temple University) teaches religion and philosophy. He is the author of Jesus Christ for the Modern World (Peter Lang).

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