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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hurtado Critiques N. T. Wright's Programme

Larry Hurtado's contribution to the latest Wright-in-review volume takes issue with a central theme in Tom's work: in Jesus, YHWH returns to Zion. Given the recent fodder on early-high Christology at this blog over the past two weeks, I thought that the link would be appropriate. NB: Hurtado is here taking issue with Wright's reading of Paul's letters.

Larry summarizes his critique:

The entire summary is worth a read as (am I sure) the larger volume will be as well. Here is an excerpt:
"I judge his claims faulty, unsupported by the evidence. What I see is that the earliest use of the OT theme of YHWH’s return to Zion/Israel, in Paul’s letters (our earliest texts), posits that it is in Jesus’ “second coming” (parousia) that this is fulfilled. See, e.g., the use of such imagery in 1 Thessalonians 3:13, where Jesus will come (again) “with all his holy ones” (μετά πάντων τῶν ἁγίων αὐτοῦ), which seems to draw this phrasing from Zechariah 14:5 (one of the “YHWH’s return” passages)."
Indeed, the volume is probably worth the cover price just for this one essay.



  1. Or one can scan the library copy and have access to it on all one’s devices — for free!

    I’m not cheap, I’m modern and up-to-date!

    1. Or a thief. There's this pesky little thing called copyright, you see.

  2. But surely God should be presented, free, to everyone. Are we suggesting that Larry Hurtado is not God?