Yale scholars: “The Synoptic Gospels do not portray Jesus as preexistent”

It will come as a shock to most people to learn that New Testament scholarship is broadly in agreement that the gospels of Matthew and Luke do not portray Jesus as preexistent and have no awareness of Jesus being the Incarnation of God. In the light of Christian teaching about the origins of Jesus this is surprising as both gospels have extended birth narratives where such ideas would naturally be mentioned. Here is an extract from a recent academic discussion from Yale University in the USA.


Conclusion of King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literatureby Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins Page 209 – both professors of biblical criticism and interpretation at Yale University.

Categories: Gospels, Jesus, New Testament scholarship

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