This investigation deals with a very important topic, namely, the question of the divinity of the messiah.
The authors argue that the divinity of Jesus was not some later development and something unique to
Christianity, but had its roots in the changing and fluid Jewish conceptions of the messiah around the
turn of the era. Specifically, the idea had its roots in Judaism in the royal ideology of ancient Judah.
Ideas about the king or messiah being God’s son were variously repudiated (the Deuteronomist and
prophets) or developed in the Hellenistic period where hopes for deliverance often focused on heavenly
and supernatural mediator figures.
Book review : King and messiah as son of God : divine, human and angelic messianic figures in biblical and related literature / John J. Collins and Adela Y. Collins. ISBN : 978-0-8028-0772-4. Publisher :
Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2008, pp. xiv, 261.