In New Testament studies there often is a search for a non-messianic Jesus. This essay, however, suggests that the essential and distinctive characteristic of Jesus is to be found in his authority (Greek, exousia"). The author argues that "authority" as used by Mark derives from the authority of God that Jesus receives at his baptism. This authority is linked to Jesus' unique confidence to act on God's behalf.
Why is Jesus contrasted with the angels in such strong language in the epistle to the Hebrews? How was the identity and role of angels understood in late Judaism? The angelology of sectarian Judaism is discussed. Exegesis of Hebrews 1:5-14 supplies insight into the contrast between the birthright of the Son of God and the angels.
Looking at Philippians 2:7, this article shows what it means that Christ "emptied Himself". Does it mean that Christ was not God anymore?
This article argues that the Bible refers to God using male terms because this serves as an analogy to explain the relationship between the Father and the Son. The use of the phrase "the begotten Son" has a non-physical aspect, and this non-physical aspect is emphasized by the use of male terminology.
In Greek culture in the New Testament period, there were men who claimed to work miracles—wise men who were known as "divine men." There are scholars who in trying to prove a Hellenistic origin of the gospel compare Jesus Christ to these men. The title of Son of God is seen as from a Greek background. This paper compares Jesus with these Greek men
This article wrestles with a question with a specific focus.