Re: Calling Jesus God in...

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Sep 25 1995 - 08:54:24 EDT

At 3:18 AM 9/25/95, wrote:
>Sorry, the previous E-mail got away before I finished it. This is the
>finished version.
>I would beg to differ with you on the statement,
><<No NT writer clearly equates Jesus with God, and this on account of a
>monotheistic belief...>>
>There are many New Testament passages where the Greek clearly points out
>Jesus as God. When many are taken individually, and especially as they are
>taken together, they make a profound statement. The writers of Scripture
>knew what they were doing. They did not make a mistake in writing so many
>passages which makes it appear that Jesus is God.
>What about passages like Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1 where the Granville-Sharp
>rule says the single article with two nouns names the two as the same person.
> Also, what about the popular "ego eimi" in John 8:24, 58 and other
>passages. Nowhere else does anyone use ego eimi without a predicate on the
>other side except Jesus Christ. This is equivalent to Exodus 3:14, "I am who
>I am."

(a) Personally I would not argue about these particular passages in Titus,
2 Peter and John's gospel; I think that they do indeed imply the divinity
of Jesus, although I would like to hear more about the Granville-Sharp rule
and the basis upon which its validity has been asserted and argued.

(b) Would you please identify yourself a bit more fully than "BibAnsMan"
and "Jim"?

(c) The bulk of this very long message verges on theological apologetics
which, in my view, really doesn't belong in our list discussions. It is one
thing to argue the theological implications of one or two passages in terms
of the phrasing of the Greek and the proper way to understand those
passages, but it seems to me quite another to attempt to demonstrate the
doctrine of the whole NT by citing a lengthy list of "proof-texts." I don't
think this is the right place for that.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA 63130
(314) 935-4018 OR

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