J. R. Daniel Kirk’s book A Man Attested by God attempts to undermine recent arguments for “early high Christology” in general and “divine” Christology in the synoptics more particularly. This essay judges Kirk’s study to obscure the narrative Christologies of the Synoptics more than it illumines them, exhibiting the pitfalls of exegesis inattentive to three interrelated disciplines: recent hermeneutical developments, literary and historical details in the texts under discussion, and the church’s precise theological grammar.
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