Wednesday, February 29, 2012

'Son of God' and the recent translation debate

I think one of the really difficult problems about the recent debates over Son/Father language and translations for Muslim-background believers is that 'Son of God' almost certainly means something different in the Scriptural context than it does in post-NT contexts. In my studies, I've been convinced that within the Scriptures 'Son of God' most often functions for 'Davidic King' and 'Davidic Messiah', not as a statement of Jesus' Divinity at all. I think the unqualified language of 'Son' in John's Gospel does draw on a Trinitarian ontological reality, and this is one of the reasons it is worth being careful about 'Son' vs 'Son of God'.

But overwhelmingly, post-biblical usage of 'Son of God' trades on it as a signifier of Jesus' Divinity as the Second person of the Trinity. Which I wholeheartedly believe in a very classical trinitarian framework. I think one danger, then, of the current debate is that pressure will be applied to make translations more theologically orthodox by importing the wrong theological category into certain contexts.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Latest on the study front

Well, looks like things are finally moving forward with the PhD. I have completed a revised proposal and the administrative powers seem to be in alignment, so without any further obstacles my long, part-time, road to PhDoom will begin.

My working thesis title is now something like, "A comparative study of Basil of Caesarea and Hilary of Poitiers, with respect to their doctrine of Trinity and hermeneutic regarding the same, as primarily evidenced in Basil's Against Eunomius and Hilary's On the Trinity."