Dr. James Tabor’s latest blog provides a wealth of information about a subject that Christians have debated for almost 2,000 years now. Regardless of what one’s beliefs about Jesus are, it must be clearly understood that other Christians have held – and do hold -- other beliefs about it. Or, as we like to say, “many different memes have been attached to Yeshua over the centuries.” Dr. Tabor provides a good chronological presentation for that memetic evolution. Below are a few quotes from the blog.
For untold millions of Christians asking the “Lord” for guidance, help, and even salvation is a complex and confusing business. Part of the confusion is that the God of the Hebrew Bible, who mostly goes by the name Yahweh/Yehovah, is referred to as “the LORD.” The problem comes with the New Testament in which Jesus is also commonly referred to as “the Lord.” So far as the Jesus movement goes our earliest evidence for this practice of conflating the name of God–i.e., Yahweh, with that of Jesus–that is, calling them both “Lord” in an interchangeable way, goes back to Paul. Even though Paul clearly distinguished between the “One God, the Father” and the “One Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:6). Later Christian devotion to Jesus pales into insignificance anything found in the New Testament.
Read the complete blog at -- http://jamestabor.com/2014/06/15/praying-to-jesus-from-jewish-messiah-to-god-incarnate/