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Did Jesus Think He Was God?

Lecture no. 7 from the course: How Jesus Became God

Did Jesus Think He Was God?

Taught by Professor Bart D. Ehrman | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

This lecture explores what Jesus said about himself, as well as what he specifically preached. Grasp the nature and purpose of Jesus’s ethical teachings, and his view of himself as a prophet of the coming kingdom. Study the Jewish conception of the Messiah as a warrior-king who would overthrow the enemies of Israel.

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t********m
November 3, 2017
Jesus was a nobody? That's an inflammatory take on Jesus' work and miracles. Healing lepers, teaching scripture, teaching peace, and bringing into formation the largest and most dominant world religion, does not by extension allow you to proclaim him a nobody, but it appears your prejudicial take on Jesus is revealed. What would be more enlightening for me to hear, since Jesus is criticized openly frequently is a harsh critical analysis of the life of Mohammed or the lives of the Jewish prophets. Why the compulsion to constantly attack a "nobody"? Seems odd that you claim the Romans crucified Jesus, when in fact a offer was made to exonerate Jesus, but the Jews in the crowd insisted Jesus be crucified. Jesus would never have been crucified if he didn't claim to be God. It was the Sanhedrin who tried, convicted, and crucified Jesus. The Romans were unwilling accomplices. Why did the Sanhedrin want a "nobody" to be crucified? It was because this "nobody" declared Himself to the "I am". The crucifixion was the testament of His claim to be God. Jesus was crucified for blasphemy. Unfortunately, you still imagine that Jesus was sent to wage war with the flesh, He was, but His primary mission was a war of the Spirit. And He succeeded. He waged war against temptation and the Spirit of the devil. In fact if you read the bible, Jesus said in the end times He will descend from the Heavens and will at that time destroy death. Professor Ehrman, is quite illiterate. The war was for the souls of men not for materialism. Jesus could have come to earth and won wars and possessed gold, land, fame, and women, but that wasn't His goal obviously. His goal was to allow men through faith to enter a kingdom of God.

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d********m
January 3, 2017

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d********m
June 12, 2016
The Professor speaks in this lecture about Jesus being an apocalyptic preacher, I hope he reads the comments just to see how I think in relation to what he is saying. Life happens in the blink of an eye, and then you go perhaps nowhere but a casket and the grave, or perhaps to the Kingdom of Heaven. When Jesus speaks about the coming Kingdom, to me it doesn't mean the Kingdom shall fall onto earth, but rather that it is after the mortal body passes. Then we are judged, and whatnot, I don't believe in any real punishment, say for Atheist for example, I believe it is merely a road that will lead to more enlightenment as to our purpose. I could be totally wrong, but that is why we are here for the Journey, and ultimately The Destination, "I AM", getting sidetracked here so let me just say, your mortal liofe is gone in the blink of an eye, then the Kingdom Comes, I know this probably isn't how an intellectual historian would look at it, but I have in my life seen the intervention of what can only be described as Divine, I know most people probably have also, but fail to realize it. I'm a Roman Catholic, but not practicing, but I believe reincarnation may exist, and you live until the point of Ascension, to The Holy Trinity. I know this course isn't so much about Faith, more historically what is proven or thought to be the Truth, all I ask is that you take this into consideration, anyone reading this. Alone we are powerless but with Faith we can move Mountains. Thank you for your time.

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