God's Equal What Can We Know About Jesus' Self-Understanding?

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2013-05-23
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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In this book Sigurd Grindheim argues that Jesus implicitly claimed to be God's equal and that his claim to be God's son must be understood in this light.

The argument unfolds through analysis of the gospel accounts regarding Jesus' claims to inaugurate the kingdom of God, his understanding of his miracles, his forgiveness of sins, his expectation to be the ultimate judge of all the world, his claim to speak with an authority that matches that of the Mosaic law, the absolute demands he made to his disciples, and his appropriation for himself of metaphors that in the Scriptures of Israel were exclusively used of YHWH. Furthermore Grindheim traces these claimes back to the Historical Jesus. Through a comprehensive examination of the primary sources, Grindheim argues that Jesus' claims go beyond the claims made on behalf of human and even angelic beings within Second Temple Judaism. Jesus presents himself in a role that in a Jewish context was reserved for YHWH.

Author Biography

Sigurd Grindheim teaches New Testament at Fjellhaug International University College, Norway.

Table of Contents

Introduction/God's Victorious Intervention: Jesus and the Kingdom of God/Doing the Works of God: Jesus' Miracles/God's Pardon: Jesus and Forgiveness/Passing God's Judgment: Jesus as the Eschatological Judge/Speaking with God's Authority: Jesus and the Law/Issuing God's Call: Jesus' Relationship to His Disciples/God's Epithets: Jesus' Metaphorical Self-Descriptions/Jesus and Other Mediatory Figures in Second Temple Judaism/The Unique Son of God: Subordinate and Equal/Jesus as the Son of Man/God's New Temple/Conclusion

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