The one God and the Lord Jesus Christ
Esswein, Mitchell Alexander
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During the formative years of Christian thought, little is known concerning what people believed due to a lack of information concerning what the church definitively taught. Because of this, there exist divergent views concerning what views were held from the beginning and how they evolved. My thesis hopes to contribute to this discussion with respect to Jesus’ inclusion within the divine identity by focusing on three authors in particular, Paul, Mark and John, with the hope of showing that substantial continuity exists in their basic portrayal of Jesus’ relation to the one God of Israel. This will be accomplished by showing that there is continuity between all three in their use of Scripture, specifically their use of Scriptural allusions, particularly those to Isaiah and the Shema. I also examine the subordination language in these texts to show that there is a consensus view of Jesus in the New Testament.