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Many have suggested that Christian belief in the divinity and worship of Jesus as God was a late development, and that Jesus' early followers did not regard him as being equal with God. So was Jesus merely regarded as an "elevated" being? Was high Christology at odds with the Jewish monotheism of the first century?
New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham argues against these views. His book "Jesus and the God of Israel" claims that the worship of Jesus as God was both very Jewish and very early. Agnostic scholar James Crossley contests Richard's claims.
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For Richard Bauckham visit http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/people/rbauckham.html
For James Crossley see http://shef.ac.uk/bibs/staff/jgc.html
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