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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“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)
“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!
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