How do you Sell Jesus as the New Moses: Miracle Stories!

 

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Moses’ miracle of the Feeding of the Children of Israel with Manna from heaven

 “One frequently overlooked difference between the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, and the Christian Old Testament is this:  in the latter, the books are arranged and understood with a view to the coming of Jesus as the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy.  Thus the gradual disappearance of miracles must be seen in a somewhat different light when viewed, as it is by Christians, through the prims of the New Testament.  In the gospels, Jesus works more miracles than any prophet before him.  This outburst of miracles, especially in the gospel of Matthew, invites an understanding of Jesus as a new Moses—both in the teaching he brings and in the signs and wonders he performs.  Indeed, as we will see, in the Gospel perspective Jesus surpasses Moses precisely because he claims miraculous powers that heretofore only God has manifested.

Obviously, the New Testament authors had no idea that what they were writing was or would ever be considered sacred scripture.  What they did do was tell the story of Jesus in light of their knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures as they had them at the time.  Thus, as we will point out again and again, the miracle stories in the New Testament assume much of their meaning precisely because they echo miracle stories found in the [Hebrew] scriptures as they were available at the time the New Testament was composed.”

—Kenneth L. Woodward, The Book of Miracles, p. 37

 

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Jesus’ miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand with Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish

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3 thoughts on “How do you Sell Jesus as the New Moses: Miracle Stories!

    1. The GENRE of the Gospels is Greco-Roman (religious) biography, a genre that allows for embellishments of the facts. (Read evangelical NT scholar, Mike Licona’s, recent book on this subject as proof.) People living in the first century would have known this and therefore would probably not have been upset if the stories in the Gospels were different from the facts they had witnessed.

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