A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest by Dean L. Overman

By Dean L. Overman

No matter if Jesus was once rather the Son of God or now not is a valuable query for Christians-and person who has provoked heated debate because the time of Jesus' start. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian documents to construct a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised by way of books comparable to Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a delicately reasoned case for Jesus really being the Son of God.

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This would be true even if one were only to call to the witness stand the author of Acts, the authors of the non-Pauline epistles, and the author of Revelation. For all of these witnesses, the exalted Lord is the same man who walked the paths of Galilee and was crucified in Jerusalem. It is this Jesus that these writers acclaim, not his mere memory or teachings. At no point in all of the literature of the New Testament is there any consistent indication that the earliest Christian experience was only a reflection on the teaching or example of a dead man of the past who had now enabled his followers to approach God with a new understanding.

Mohammed would have been appalled at any reference to himself as divine; Islam’s principle creed is that Allah is one. Judaism views such a claim as blasphemous. My study also turns to an inquiry into the alleged resurrection of Jesus. The Christian position is also unique in claiming that one man died for the misdeeds of all humankind and is the only religion where the founder is alleged to have risen from the dead. Buddha’s bones are sectioned, revered, and enshrined in several geographical areas.

I n the mid-1960s I studied at Princeton Theological Seminary under Joachim Jeremias, a remarkable German scholar widely considered to be the leading twentieth-century specialist on the Aramaic language of the Jesus tradition. Jeremias was uniquely qualified in his field, because as the son of a German pastor he had lived in Jerusalem with his father, who was the Dean (Probst) of the Church of the Redeemer in that ancient city. From ages ten to fifteen he had the opportunity to learn the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Jesus and his disciples.

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