Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." That verse from the Epistle to the Hebrews has always been a little wistful, never a guarantee of theological peace even in the generations immediately following Jesus' ministry. The very division of the biblical canon into Old and New Testaments was the result of a ferocious debate over the nature of Jesus around the year A.D. 140. And as Christians multiplied, they would produce competing visions of Jesus, ranging from the Christ worshipped today to a tripartite Jesus who lived on the moon to a Jesus in Central Asia who merged with...

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