What does it mean to confess that God is “one” but also, somehow, this one God is “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”? The opening words of the Nicene creed confess that “we believe in one God.” In episode two, we explore some of the backstory to that confession in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which early Christians drew upon in confessing that God is “one” (Deuteronomy 6:4) while also confessing that somehow Jesus is worshipped and related to as within the identity of the “one” God of Israel (1 Corinthians 8:4).
We also explore more and less helpful ways to think about the complex and inter-related histories of early Judaism and early Christianity, focusing on Justin Martyr, an early Christian apologist, and his Dialogue with Trypho the Jew, on the significance of Israel’s scriptures for Christian theology.
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Joshua Heavin serves as the lead writer and host of Passages, while Caleb Wait serves as the lead producer and co-host. Original music by Aaron Feeney, who welcomes inquires.