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God’s Equal: What Can We Know about Jesus’ Self-Understanding in the Synoptic Gospels? (Library of New Testament Studies | LNTS)

, 2011
ISBN: 9780567443649

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Through analysis of the Gospel accounts regarding Jesus’ claims to inaugurate the kingdom of God, his miracles, and the authority in which Jesus speaks throughout Scripture, Sigurd Grindheim builds a case for his argument that Jesus’ claim to be God’s son must be understood in light of his implicit claims to be God’s equal. Through a comprehensive examination of primary sources, Grindheim explains how Jesus’ words go beyond the claims made on behalf of human and even angelic beings within Second Temple Judaism and presents himself in a role reserved exclusively for YHWH in Jewish culture.

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Resource Experts
  • Provides fresh perspectives on the historical Jesus
  • Presents multiple angles to explore the knoweldge and humanity of Jesus
  • Unpacks Jesus’ claim to be God’ son in light of his claims to be God’s equal
  • 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
  • Mediatory Figures in Second Temple Judaism
  • The Unique Son of God: Subordinate and Equal
  • Jesus As the Son of Man
  • God’s New Temple

Top Highlights

“This survey shows, then, that when the kingdom of God is not identified with the early monarchy or is entirely spiritualized, it is associated with the intervention of God without a human intermediary. Often, this intervention is also connected with God’s defeat of Satan and the establishment of a new world order.” (Pages 15–16)

“He not only appears as God’s spokesperson, but he identifies his own presence and his own activities with the rule of God.” (Page 6)

“Perhaps the best explanation is the one offered by Ernst Haenchen, who spoke of ‘eschatology that is in the process of realization.’” (Page 20)

“If Lk. 11:20 is interpreted in light of the War Scroll, it is possible to see Jesus as an agent whose victory over God’s enemies corresponds to God’s own victory over Satan.” (Page 34)

“thus connected with tangible events indicative of the overturn of the present world order” (Page 19)

God’s Equal is a welcome contribution to the field of NT studies in general and Historical Jesus/Christological studies in particular. Grindheim succeeded in challenging many things that I have always taken for granted.

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Grindheim cracks open the question about exactly how "high" the Christology of the Synoptics goes, and...I think he is taking us up to the right heights!


  • Title: God’s Equal: What Can We Know about Jesus’ Self-Understanding?
  • Author: Sigurd Grindheim
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Volume: 446
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Knowledge of his own divinity; Jesus Christ › History of doctrines; Jesus Christ › Historicity; Jesus Christus; Bible. N.T. Gospels › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Son of God › History of doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9780567443649, 0567443647
  • Resource ID: LLS:GODSEQUAL
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:53:39Z

Sigurd Grindheim (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of New Testament at Fjellhaug International University College in Oslo, Norway. He is also adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and visiting lecturer at Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. Grindheim is the author of numerous articles and essays as well as a number of books, including Introducing Biblical Theology, God’s Equal: What Can We Know about Jesus’ Self-Understanding?, and Christology in the Synoptic Gospels: God or God’s Servant.


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