Simon Gathercole Lectures on Christ’s Preexistence

Jon at The Theological Ramblings of an Anglican Ordinand has linked to a lecture give by Simon Gathercole in Jesus’ “I have come” sayings in the Synoptic Gospels (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3).  I’ve embedded the audio files for all of you Firefox/Safari/Chrome (?) users.  For those reading this in a feed the player might not display so just use the links above.

I personally think that Gathercole makes a persuasive case and would recommend his book The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke to  anyone interested in the subject.  For dissenting views see James Dunn’s review in RBL as well as chapter 6, “Jesus as Messiah and Son of God in the Synoptic Gospels,” in Adela Yarbro Collins’ recent King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature.  Aquila H. I. Lee also interacts with some of Gathercole’s earlier work on the subject in his published dissertation From Messiah to Preexistent Son: Jesus’ Self Consciousness and Early Christian Exegesis of Messianic Psalms.



6 thoughts on “Simon Gathercole Lectures on Christ’s Preexistence

  1. I assume these are his Gheens lectures from SBTS?

    I found his book highly provocative and convincing on the whole. However, I’m not entirely sure the I have come sayings, by themselves, can prove more than that Jesus was an angelic figure. On the whole, however, Gathercole’s argument that early Christology was high and therefore we should expect to find it in the synoptics too is highly convincing.

  2. Seth: I don’t know, they might be.

    All the “I have come” sayings need to prove for Gathercole’s case is preexistence and I think he succeeds on that point. The other lines of argument that he brings into the discussion make the case for a divine Christology in the Synoptics quite convincing.

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