By James D. G. Dunn
To reply to the name query successfully calls for greater than the mentioning of some texts; we needs to first recognize that the right way to the answer's tougher than apparently and realize that the reply could be much less simple than many would prefer. the writer increases a few interesting but vexing questions: what's worship? Is the truth that worship is on the market to God (or a god) what defines him (or her) as "G/god?" What does the act of worship truly contain? The conviction that God exalted Jesus to his correct hand evidently is relevant to Christian attractiveness of the divine prestige of Jesus. yet what did that suggest for the 1st Christians as they sought to reconcile God's prestige and that of the human Jesus? possibly the worship of Jesus used to be no longer an alternative choice to worship of God yet differently of worshiping God. The questions are hard yet readers are ably guided via James Dunn, one of many world's most sensible New testomony students.
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Among the earliest Jerusalem believers, presumably the 'zealots for the law', were those who counted more traditional observance of the Sabbath as an expression of their loyalty to the law. Paul also refers to those who regarded some days as more important than others (Rom. 5-6). But in the same passage he also refers with sympathy, or at least without 50 51 52 Exod. 16-17; Deut. 15. 282). 1 Chron. 31; 2 Chron. 3; Neh. 33; Isa. 13-14; Ezek. 17; Hos. 11; 1 Mace. 8. 3 Sacred space, sacred times, sacred meals, sacred people disapproval, to Christians who did not regard any single day (the Sabbath would almost certainly be in mind) as more important than others.
Rev. 9-10, NRsv) Furthermore, there are acclamations of God and of the Lamb together - typically: To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever! (Rev. 13, NRSV) 40 Whether these should all be classified as 'hymns' is an unnecessary quibble. What is clear, nonetheless, is that Christ was linked with God in hymns or shouts of praise that elsewhere are given only to God. And it is not hard, or pushing the data too far, to envisage the seer's language as reflecting the liturgical practice of his community.
68 See further E. Schiirer, The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ (ed. G. 455-9. ' See further L. T. Stuckenbruck, "'Angels" and "God": Exploring the Limits of Early Jewish Monotheism', in Stuckenbruck and North (eds), Early Jewish and Christian Monotheism 45-70 (here 56-60). 65 66 25 The language of worship offered to, or bestowed upon individuals, though in Revelation it is used in the acclamations of both the Lamb and God (Rev. 12). 68); 'the Creator, who is blessed for ever' (Rom.
Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence by James D. G. Dunn