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The Resurrection of God Incarnate$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199257469.001.0001

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Jesus Implied His Divinity

Jesus Implied His Divinity

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(p.98) 6 Jesus Implied His Divinity
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The Resurrection of God Incarnate
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257469.003.0007

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

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