How Did Jesus Become God?

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Michael Bird

(Ph.D University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author and editor of several books such as the award winning The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus plus several others volumes including Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the GospelsAre You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic QuestionEvangelical TheologyRomans (Story of God Bible Commentary Series), and How God Became Jesus. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and four children, and enjoys rugby league, running, cooking, and trying to explain cricket to Americans.

Bart Ehrman

is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC he has served as both the  Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College, Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited twenty-nine books, including the bestselling How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (2014), Jesus Interrupted (2009), God’s Problem (2008), and Misquoting Jesus (2005).

Larry W. Hurtado

(PhD, Case Western Reserve University) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology in the University of Edinburgh.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is a former President of the British New Testament Society.  Author of eight books and over 100 articles in journals, multi-author and reference works, his research has ranged broadly on issues in New Testament textual criticism, physical/visual features of early Christian manuscripts, the Gospel of Mark, early Christian worship, and the origins and early development of devotion to Jesus.  Born and educated in the USA, he taught previously in the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). He lives in Edinburgh and is married to Dr. Shannon Hunter Hurtado (art historian).

Jennifer Wright Knust

teaches and conducts research on the transmission and reception of the Gospels, ancient rhetoric and early Christian discourse, and gender and Christian origins at The Boston University School of Theology. Her publications includeAbandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity (Columbia University Press 2005), Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions on Sex and Desire (HarperOne 2011) and, with Zsuzsanna Varhélyi, the edited volume Sacrifice in the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford University Press 2011). She has published essays on a variety of topics, including the letters of Paul, Latin versions of the Bible, and the transmission of the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11), with essays appearing in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Harvard Theological ReviewReligion Compass and a number of edited volumes. She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Association of Theological Schools/Henry Luce III Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women.

Simon Gathercole

is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Previously, he studied Classics and Theology in the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, as well as for short periods at the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught in the University of Aberdeen for seven years. He is the author of various books, including: Where is Boasting? (Eerdmans), The Pre-existent Son (Eerdmans), The Gospel of Judas (OUP), The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas(CUP), and The Gospel of Thomas: An Introduction and Commentary (Brill). He has written articles for journals such as theHarvard Theological Review and the Journal of Theological Studies as well as Christianity Today. He was for some years editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and is now co-editor of Early Christianity.

Dale Martin

is Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. Martin specializes in New Testament and Christian Origins, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University. His books include: Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity; The Corinthian Body; Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians; Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation; Pedagogy of the Bible: an Analysis and Proposal; and New Testament History and Literature. Martin has recently completed a major manuscript on postmodern, Christian theological interpretation of the New Testament. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Lilly Foundation, the Fulbright Commission (USA-Denmark), and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Martin was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen in 2015. He will serve in 2015-16 as the Danforth Visiting Professor of Theology at Saint Louis University. In 2009, Martin was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.