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p. 846. A question of identitylocked

  • Richard Bauckham

Abstract

After Jesus dies, his Jewish followers proclaim him the Messiah of Israel. People are impressed with his authority. Some see him as a prophet, others as the royal Messiah of David. In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus is presented as the indispensable agent of God's rule; in the Gospel of John, he claims part of God's own identity as ‘the Son’. When his disciples say they think he is the Messiah, he does not deny it. Jesus' identification with God's sovereignty is regarded as blasphemy by Pharisees and chief priests. At the same time, his reticence about such claims indicates the God-given nature of the authority bestowed on him.

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