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Is Isaiah 52-53 Speaking of National Israel Rather than the Messiah?

| May 25, 2016

Many modern Jews identify the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 52-53 as the corporate nation of Israel rather than the individual Messiah. This raises two questions: 1) Has this always been the Jewish view of the passage? and 2) Does this interpretation make sense of the text? To answer the first question, we turn to biblical […]

Does Micah 5:2 Indicate That the Messiah Is Divine?

| April 18, 2016

Micah 5:2 indicates that the future Messiah of Israel would be born in Bethlehem, but it is also indicates that his origins are from a long time ago. Some translations of the Bible translate “a long time ago” as “eternity” and some translate it as “ancient times.” If the text actually means “eternity” this would […]

Did Paul Think Jesus Is God?

| September 17, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There are many indications in Paul’s writings compiled in the New Testament that Paul thought Jesus was God. Perhaps one of the most famous texts would be Philippians 2:6-11. Referring to Jesus, Paul writes: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to […]

Were the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Dual Nature of Christ invented in the 4th and 5th Centuries?

| August 30, 2013

Post Author: Darrell (This post originally appeared on Darrell’s Thoughts and Reflections and is being reposted here for the benefit of TQA readers.) One of the charges I often hear leveled against Christianity today is that both the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Dual Nature of Christ were “invented” by the Church in the fourth […]

Was Jesus Just a Good Moral Teacher?

| March 13, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There are people who take the Gospels to be more or less reporting history, but who claim, nevertheless, that Jesus was merely a good man, and nothing more. I am not here talking about skeptics who question virtually everything in the Gospels, who believe that almost all of the material is […]

Did Jesus’s Disciples Think He Was God? Part 2

| April 11, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Continuing from part 1, there are additional lines of evidence showing that Jesus’s disciples thought he was God.  Again, this material is excerpted from theologian Norman Geisler’s book, Systematic Theology, Volume 2. Picking up where we left off, the third line of evidence is that the disciples attributed the powers of […]

Did Jesus’s Disciples Think He Was God? Part 1

| April 4, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt A couple of years ago, I wrote seven posts on the subject of whether Jesus claimed to be God.  At the end of those posts, I promised to follow up with an additional series of posts discussing whether Jesus’s disciples thought he was God.  Better late than never, I suppose.  Here […]

What Were They Arguing About at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325?

| April 29, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In A.D. 325, an ecumenical council of Christian bishops gathered to discuss a theological issue that was tearing apart the unity of the church. A common misconception about this council was that the argument was over whether Jesus was God or man. In fact, this idea has become so popular that […]

If Jesus Is God, Why Did He Get Tired?

| March 1, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt If Jesus is God, and God is uncaused, immaterial, omniscient, omnipotent, and eternal (and lots of other things), then don’t we have a problem with Jesus being a real man who lived in 1st century Palestine?  After all, Jesus grew tired, but God doesn’t get tired; Jesus sometimes didn’t know things, […]

Did Jesus Claim to be God? Part 7

| May 7, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There are at least six ways that Jesus claimed to be God.  The sixth way is that Jesus Claimed to Be God by Requesting Prayer in His Name. Again, I will draw heavily from Norman Geisler’s Volume 2 of his Systematic Theology series. Nobody before Jesus, among Hebrew prophets, ever insisted […]

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