9770Re: [Synoptic-L] Jesus' Baptism
- Jun 2, 2004At 01:56 PM 6/2/04 -0400, you wrote:
>A little input from a "silent partner" ... what if Jesus was not baptised atI think, first, that the notion that the writers of the Gospel thought of
>all but this information was added/invented to give authenticity to a new
>faith? The event of Jesus' baptism is the starting point of his ministry and
>without it , it could it be seen that he had no "credentials" ~~
>Could this be worth considering?
themselves as the purveyors of a new religion is mistaken. They saw
themselves as Jews (save Luke) who were calling on their kindred to believe
that Jesus was the promised Messiah. So there would have been no need for
them to justify something that they didn't even think about being a new faith.
Second, baptism as the beginning point of "credentialed" ministry would have
seemed a strange and foreign notion to them. Baptism, in its johannine
context (the baptizer that is) was a visible representation of personal
repentence, not a first step in salvation (as conceived by many today).
John baptized folk because folk were in need of repentence because they had
not lived up to what it meant to be "Israel". Jesus was baptized,
evidently, for the same reason. Not to begin a new ministry.
To be sure, later on his followers saw this as the beginning of his earthly
ministry- but as to whether or not Jesus saw it that way is highly debatable.
Dr Jim West
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