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Thought-provoking alternative perspective on the full humanity of Jesus Christ

In A Man Attested by God J. R. Daniel Kirk presents a comprehensive defense of the thesis that the Synoptic Gospels present Jesus not as divine but as an idealized human figure.

Counterbalancing the recent trend toward early high Christology in such scholars as Richard Bauckham, Simon Gathercole, and Richard Hays, Kirk here thoroughly unpacks the humanity of Jesus as understood by Gospel writers whose language is rooted in the religious and literary context of early Judaism. Without dismissing divine Christologies out of hand, Kirk argues that idealized human Christology is the best way to read the Synoptic Gospels, and he explores Jesus as exorcist and miracle worker within the framework of his humanity.

With wide-ranging exegetical and theological insight that sheds startling new light on familiar Gospel texts, A Man Attested by God offers up-to-date, provocative scholarship that will have to be reckoned with.


Biblical Archaeology Society Best Book Relating to the New Testament (2017)

David B. Capes in Interpretation
"This book will become a staple in all future discussions on the topic of New Testament Christology."

Crispin Fletcher-Louis
— author of Jesus Monotheism
"In this book Kirk presents a timely challenge to the advocates of the emerging consensus that there was an early high and divine Christology, especially to those of us who think that Matthew, Mark, and Luke (not just John) have a preexistent and incarnational Christology. Kirk ably demonstrates the wealth of Jewish material focused on an ideal, glorious humanity and its significance for the Gospels' portrayal of Jesus. Anyone working on the Gospels and New Testament Christology will now have to reckon with these arguments."
James McGrath
— Butler University
"This may well be the most important book about New Testament Christology to appear in recent years. Written in an era when it has become increasingly popular to insist that Jesus is already depicted as a preexistent figure in the Synoptic Gospels — one who is absorbed into the 'divine identity' and thus at least hinted to be 'fully God' — Daniel Kirk makes a persuasive case for viewing the depiction of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, and Luke as one of an idealized human figure. His argument is likely to stand the test of time and become a focal point for ongoing debates and new research in the years and decades to come."
Morna D. Hooker
— University of Cambridge
"In this important and timely study of the Synoptic Gospels, Daniel Kirk attacks the popular 'divine Christology' advocated in many recent studies, insisting, with ruthless logic, that the Synoptic evangelists consistently portray Jesus in ways reminiscent of Jewish traditions as an idealized human figure. He demonstrates how they pick up the language used of Adam, Moses, David, and the 'one like a son of man,' and present Jesus as God's human representative on earth. Kirk's study is not just negative, however, since the alternative 'high' Christology he advocates reminds us of the importance of Jesus's humanity. Everyone concerned with the origins of Christian belief needs to take note of this work."