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Jesus Implied His Divinity

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257461
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257469.003.0007
 Jesus Implied His Divinity

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An explicit claim by Jesus that he was God would have been totally misunderstood by first‐century Jews. If Jesus was to make it clear to his followers that he was God Incarnate, he would have to leave many clues, subsequent reflection on which would lead them to see who he was. There are such clues. He accepted worship, forgave sins, and claimed a special intimacy with God his Father, and acted so as to be accused at his trial of ‘blasphemy’. In various strands of the New Testament, the writers implicitly acknowledge Jesus’ divinity; and so it is natural to look for a common source for this in the actions or teaching of Jesus.

Keywords: Christ; God; incarnation; Jesus; New Testament

Chapter.  8152 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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