Jesus “Only” Adopted to be the Son of God? – The Bart Ehrman Weblog


Here’s a post from six years ago involving an essential matter that I entirely changed my thoughts about.   I know some scholars (not to name names) will in no way adjust their views about a thing, come hell or higher water.  They likely do not assume they ought to be observed to waffle.  I do not thoughts waffles.  Specially on a good Sunday morning like this.


I utilised to assume – for years and years I believed this – that becoming adopted was a decrease type of sonship.  Jesus was “only” the adopted Son of God, not the “real” Son of God.  But I came to recognize this was fundamentally a error and an particularly essential one particular.   To say Jesus was the adopted Son of God was to say Massive issues about him, practically INCONCEIVABLE issues.   It was not a “lowly” view of Jesus.  Here’s how I clarify it in my book How Jesus Became God.


Aspect of what has convinced me that this [adoptionistic] understanding of Christ ought to not be shunted aside as a rather inferior view requires new study on what it meant to be “adopted” as a son in the Roman empire, which was the context, of course, inside which these views of Christ have been formulated.   Nowadays we might assume that an adopted youngster is not a parent’s “real” youngster, and in some circles, regrettably, that is taken to imply that the youngster does not “really” belong to the parent.  Many of us do not assume this is a valuable, loving, or valuable view, but there it is: some persons have it.  So as well when considering about God and his Son.  If Jesus is “only” adopted, then he’s not “really” the Son of God, but he just occurs to have been granted a extra exalted status than the rest of us.

A study of adoption in Roman society shows hat this view is extremely problematic and, in truth, likely incorrect.   A substantial current book by …

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