Nov 26 2018
Few weeks ago, I was reading a book by Daniel Boyarin. This book confirms the burial of the pseudo-scholarship of 19th and early 20th century arrogant scholars who because of their wild imaginations argue that the Gospels and the Christian theology developed out of the ideas of non-Jewish pagans. The gist of the Book titled “The Jewish Gospels” repeats the contention of the 20th and 21st scholars that Christianity owes a lot to Judaism though there is some mutation that place within the Christian faith – as Hurtado argues. Though Boyarin dismisses this mutation as religious creativity on the part of Jesus and His followers, this is no surprise because Boyarin is skeptical of divine revelations.
I have seen critics like Muslims and Unitarians tirelessly argue that Jesus using the title “Son of Man” for Himself is an evidence that Jesus views Himself as an ordinary man. Of course, one would think that other instances where Jesus used the title “Son of God” to refer to Himself will give these critics a pause. This is not the case as these critics will bring out examples of how others were called sons of God. They will even go at length to cite ancient Jewish literature to prove that the title “Son of God” has does not imply deity at all. More