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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.


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

Morna D. Hooker
“Everyone concerned with the origins of Christian belief needs to take note of this work.”
James McGrath
“This may well be the most important book about New Testament Christology to appear in recent years. . . . Kirk’s 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.”
Reviews in Religion and Theology
“A robust and challenging work that will almost certainly prove to be one of the most significant contributions to the discussion of Christology in the Synoptic Gospels penned in recent memory
Religious Studies Review
“Appropriate for scholarly and graduate audiences and helpful for courses on Christology, the Synoptic Gospels, and the Historical Jesus.”