The Faith of Jesus Christ in Early Christian Traditions

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We are used to the idea of people believing in Christ, but did the early church consider that Jesus also had faith in God? This book evaluates the evidence, starting with a survey of the meaning of faith in Judaism and Graeco-Roman literature and proceeding to a detailed exegesis of the relevant New Testament material from the Synoptic Gospels, the Pauline and deutero-Pauline epistles, Hebrews and Revelation. Two trajectories of interest in Jesus' faith are identified: the paradigmatic, concerned with matters of ...
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Overview

We are used to the idea of people believing in Christ, but did the early church consider that Jesus also had faith in God? This book evaluates the evidence, starting with a survey of the meaning of faith in Judaism and Graeco-Roman literature and proceeding to a detailed exegesis of the relevant New Testament material from the Synoptic Gospels, the Pauline and deutero-Pauline epistles, Hebrews and Revelation. Two trajectories of interest in Jesus' faith are identified: the paradigmatic, concerned with matters of discipleship, and the theological, relating Christ to God's gift of salvation. The examination is then broadened to trace the progress of these trajectories through the literature of the first four Christian centuries and concludes by identifying the Arian controversy as the christological development which rendered reference to Jesus' faith untenable within the emergent orthodoxy.
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Michael Winger
Wallis is to be commended for drawing together the concerns of different academic specialties, and, even more, for writing with a view to the effect ideas may have on those who believe in them....It is ambitious: exegetically, theologically, and historically..... Its value lies not only in its treatment of the problems that fall within its wide scope, but in its concentration on the major theological questions posed by speaking of "the faith of Jesus Christ."
Society of Biblical Literature
Michael Winger
Wallis is to be commended for drawing together the concerns of different academic specialties, and, even more, for writing with a view to the effect ideas may have on those who believe in them....It is ambitious: exegetically, theologically, and historically..... Its value lies not only in its treatment of the problems that fall within its wide scope, but in its concentration on the major theological questions posed by speaking of "the faith of Jesus Christ."
Society of Biblical Literature
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"...a positive contribution to the familiar debate about the 'faith of Christ.'...Wallis has very helpfully set this discussion within the broader context of interest in Jesus' faith throughout the New Testament and its developments." David A. deSilva, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"A significant addition to the study of early christological developments." James L. Jaquette, Religious Studies Review

"Wallis maps out the evidence for the faith of Jesus....The study moves the discussion beyond solutions based only on lexical or grammatical considerations and provides a context in which faith was understood as early Christian traditions developed....A significant addition to the study of early christological developements." James L. Jaquette, Religious Studies Review

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Table of Contents

Preface
Convention for referring to primary and secondary literature
List of abbreviations
1 Setting the scene 1
2 Jesus' faith in the Synoptic Gospels 24
3 Jesus' faith in the Pauline Epistles 65
4 Jesus' faith in the deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles 128
5 Jesus' faith in Hebrews and Revelation 145
6 Jesus' faith in extra-biblical sources 175
7 Concluding remarks 213
Select bibliography 222
Index of modern authors 247
Index of passages 252
Index of subjects 278
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