BAR 37:01, Jan/Feb 2011
ReViews: The Origin of Jesus’ Divinity
King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature
Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins
(Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambridge, United Kingdom: Eerdmans, 2008), xiv + 261 pp., $28 (paperback).
What is the origin of the idea in canonical Christian texts that Jesus existed prior to the Incarnation? And what is the source of the claim that he is a divine Messiah? These are the sorts of issues explored by Yale University scholars Adela Yarbro Collins and John Collins, a wife and husband team, each of whom wrote four of the chapters of their book. Both are prominent scholars who have spent their careers exploring eschatological topics and ancient apocalyptic texts.