Bauckham, God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament


Author(s): Richard Bauckham
Title and subtitle: God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament
Publisher: Eerdmans
Place: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: 1998


Kind of Book: Theoretical

Subject Matter: New Testament

Problems Attempted to Solve:

  • Challenging the “standard” accounts of a progression from low to high christology in the New Testament and then in the early Church.
  • “I argue that recent trends to find a model for Christology in semi-divine intermediary figures in early Judaism are largely mistaken” (vii)

Summary (What is the book about as a whole?):

  • “The earliest Christology was already the highest Christology” (viii)

Outline of Source:

  • Understanding Early Jewish Monotheism (1)
    • Early Jewish monotheism and New Testament Christology in recent discussion
    • Second Temple Judaism as self-consciously monotheistic
    • The unique identity of God in jewish monotheism
  • Christological Monotheism in the New Testament (25)
  • God Crucified: The Divine Identity Revealed in Jesus (45)

Key Terms:

Key Propositions/Arguments (What is being said in detail, and how?):


Is the book true, in whole or part?:

Problems Solved:

Problems Not Solved:

Author is uninformed:

Author is misinformed:

Author is illogical:

Author is incomplete:

What of it? (Why) is it important to know these things?: