“A Man Attested by God”: A Review

At last!

Hurtado has published his review of J. R. Daniel Kirk’s recent and excellent book, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. Muslims and Christians will benefit greatly from reading Kirk’s book about the way Jesus is presented by the authors of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Kirk unravels a throughly human Jesus to be found in the earliest gospels which, perhaps surprising to many, is entirely compatible with the Islamic christology expressed in the Qur’an.

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In response to several requests, I give below my panel- presentation from the review session devoted to J. R. Daniel Kirk’s recent book, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016).

At 582 pages, plus a 21-page bibliography, Kirk’s hefty tome reflects an impressive investment of effort, his main thesis being that the Synoptic Gospels present Jesus as what Kirk calls an “idealized human” who is the agent of remarkable divine power and purposes. Upon receiving the pre-publication proofs for this review, my first thought was why such a large discussion devoted to a point that will be rather uncontroversial, surely, to most scholars, that the Synoptic Gospels (and I would include John as well) present a genuinely human Jesus who acts as God’s unique agent.[1] And why the somewhat agonistic tenor of the book?

But I take it that the size and…

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  1. “…surely, to most scholars, that the Synoptic Gospels (and I would include John as well) present a genuinely human Jesus who acts as God’s unique agent.”

    Interesting!

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  2. good review- shows the overreach and falsehoods of Kirk and Muslims.

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  3. “I find no indication in the Synoptics that the emphasis on the earthly career of Jesus was promoted as a conflictual alternative over against the sort of Christological beliefs and devotional practices that we see in other first-century texts. In short, Kirk seems to pose an “exalted human” Jesus over against treating Jesus as also bearing a divine status and significance, but the Synoptic authors don’t seem to do so.”

    It would have been nice to see Kirk engage with Hurtado over the “substance” of the material discussed and Where Hurtado sees Kirk move beyond the text and context of the Synoptics. Instead, Kirk seemed to focus primarily on the issue of representing others which is a side point.

    Where is interaction with Hurtado’s point about the cultural context of the proceeding decades and reading the Synoptics within that history?

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    • ‘Kirk seems to pose an “exalted human” Jesus over against treating Jesus as also bearing a divine status and significance’

      Just like Moses and David? They are called “God”. Do you worship them too?

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