David K. Bernard, The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: Deification of Jesus in Early Christian Discourse (Blandford Forum, ENG: Deo Publishing, 2016). 274 pp. $ 40.60 paperback.This book was written as David Bernard’s PhD dissertation. But, unlike many dissertations, this book reflects the work of a mature author who has honed his theology over the years and can communicate it clearly. His is an exegetical work but one motivated by a theological issue that is core to the church’s faith, namely, the identity of Jesus Christ. In particular, his question concerns how one reconciles Paul’s recognition of Christ’s deity with Paul’s commitment to Jewish monotheism. This question is indeed potentially vast. But Bernard’s approach to it is appropriately modest and suggestive. He seeks to approach it through the small window of one Pauline text: 2 Corinthians 3:16–4:6. His strategy in opening this window, however, is clear. He wants to defend the idea that Paul’s Christology should be read through the lens of Paul’s Jewish monotheism rather than through the lens of a nascent Trinitarian theology.To accomplish this task, Bernard takes a history of religions approach to Pauline Christology. Though he focuses on only one Pauline text, he takes
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