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Ancient Jews Who Were Gods

Lecture no. 5 from the course: How Jesus Became God

Ancient Jews Who Were Gods

Taught by Professor Bart D. Ehrman | 27 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

In ancient Judaism, beings other than the one true God could be considered to be or even called God. Learn about the divine figure of the Son of Man, and the Jewish conception of a “second God”. Observe how divine attributes of God were personified, and how humans such as the kings of Israel were deified.

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a********m
October 23, 2016

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b********m
September 30, 2016

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t********m
September 9, 2016
As an outsider to Hebraic thought, it's easy for someone to come to the conclusions the professor came to in this lecture. For example, Moses was to be a "God" to Pharaoh. In ancient Egyptian society, no one was above Pharaoh, and that's why he said to Moses, "Who is YHVH that I should listen to him?" It wasn't that Moses was to BE god, but that Pharaoh would see Moses as God's messenger. Also, the title "Son of Man" is given not only to Enoch, but also to Adam, Ezekiel, and Jesus. It's a term used throughout ancient texts to refer to human beings. The assumption that Enoch was referring to himself because he later refers to himself as a son of man, as well, is a leap of faith. In 2nd Samuel, God tells David that his son will be His son, and He will be a father to him. Throughout th Tanakh, statements such as this show that someone takes a person and trains him up in the way he should go. YHVH is telling David that He will train This future king and chastise him as a good father would his own child. It is my opinion that it's hard to establish an understanding of a religious text without first understanding the culture....or any text that is distinctly created for and understood by a particular tribe of people. You might ask a foreigner who doesn't understand American idioms what it means to, "eat your heart out," and get a great understanding of what I'm saying.

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