Five Options For Approaching the Deity of Messiah in the Old Testament

Is the deity of Jesus implicit or explicit in the Jewish Scriptures? In this post, I will lay out five options to talk about this topic.

Option #1: Talk about the Nature of the Godhead

In this option, we can discuss whether God is plurality within a unity: For example,  Dr. Arnold  Fruchtenbaum says:

“It is generally agreed that Elohim is a plural noun having the masculine plural ending “im.” The very word Elohim used of the true God in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” is also used in Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods (Elohim) before Me,” and in Deuteronomy 13:2, “Let us go after other gods (Elohim)… .” While the use of the plural Elohim does not prove a Tri-unity, it certainly opens the door to a doctrine of plurality in the Godhead since it is the word that is used for the one true God as well as for the many false gods.”

See the entire article here: 

or The Divine Unity and the Deity of Messiah by Noam Hendren

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Eight Views on the Atonement of Jesus

Reviewing the Resurrection Creed in 1 Cor 15:3-8

A Look at the Insufficient Evidence Objection to the Resurrection of Jesus

There are several approaches to defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Skeptics have offered a wide range of natural explanations throughout history to explain away the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Human existence is dependent on communication. The abundance of methods to communicate attests to this. Clearly, we rely on phone calls, text messages, email, and other forms of communication daily. It makes sense God would communicate through His creation. Biblical faith rests on knowing what God has allowed to be recorded for us—at the very minimum, knowing the historical truth of Jesus’s resurrection.

Remember, a belief is said to be justified when it is based on a good reason/reasons or has the right grounds or foundation. Christians and Messianic Jews think they are justified in believing Jesus rose from the dead. However, when we examine the following objections to the resurrection of Jesus, there are  objections which are called knowledge defeaters. Knowledge defeaters are objections that attempt to undermine the legitimacy of a claim to knowledge on behalf of a belief based on certain grounds. In many cases skeptics try to assert there simply isn’t enough evidence to know Jesus rose from the dead. Thus, they are justified in holding onto their skepticism.

At this juncture, we need to define our terms: proof, evidence, knowledge. Proof or evidence can give us knowledge of things that are highly likely to be true. There are two types of evidence, in fact, that are important for our discussion: direct and circumstantial. Direct evidence is simply unavailable to those of us who are studying historical events in the Bible. We were not present to directly witness the events in the Bible.


The Dangers of a Hardened Heart

A Closer Look at the Genre of the Gospels: Ancient and Modern Historiography: What are the Gospels?