“Son of God” in NT Writings


Larry Hurtado's Blog

Rumaging through notes on some of my tracing of word/phrase usage in NT writings, I came across the data I’d collected on the use of “son of God” with reference to Jesus.  There is an interesting variation in the use of the expression among NT writers.

In an earlier posting (here) I summarized briefly some data about Paul’s use of the expression, with references there to a couple of my publications in which I discuss the topic more fully.  In contrast to Paul’s many uses of “Christos” (Christ) and “Kyrios” (Lord) as titles for Jesus, there are only three uses of “son of God” in the uncontested epistles (Romans 1:4; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Galatians 2:20), plus one more use in Ephesians 4:13.  As I noted in that previous posting, in another dozen or so cases, Paul refers to Jesus’ divine sonship, but without using the “son of God”…

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