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The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Gathercole, Simon

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006 pp. xii + 344. $32.00



Description: In this challenging book, rising New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole contradicts a commonly held view among biblical scholars — that the Gospel of John is the only Gospel to give evidence for Jesus’ heavenly identity and preexistence. The Preexistent Son demonstrates that Matthew, Mark, and Luke were also well aware that the Son of God existed with the Father prior to his earthly ministry. Gathercole supports his argument by considering the “I have come” sayings of Jesus and strikingly similar angelic sayings discovered in Second Temple and Rabbinic literature. Further, he considers related topics such as Wisdom Christology and the titles applied to Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels. Gathercole’s carefully researched work should spark debate among Synoptic scholars and extend the understanding of anyone interested in this New Testament question.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Frank J. Matera
Published 4/28/2007
Citation: Frank J. Matera, review of Simon Gathercole, The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


Review by James D. G. Dunn
Published 4/28/2007
Citation: James D. G. Dunn, review of Simon Gathercole, The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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