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In response to the Jews who were about to stone him for blasphemy, Jesus quotes from Psalms 82:6. The quotation is found nowhere else in the N.T., nor does the exact formula occur elsewhere. It is hard to understand why Jesus, a Jew, would use the expression "in your law". The words "your law" are characteristic of Gentile speakers when referring to the Jewish law. In every instance where Jesus himself speaks of the law he speaks of it as given "to you", that is, the Jews, or refers to the law as "your law"; or "their law". The only possible exception is in 7:23 where Jesus says, "That the law of Moses may not be broken", without the use of pronoun. That Jesus stands in some unique relationship to God the Father is one of the themes of John, prominent from the beginning to the end of the gospel.

Keywords: God the Father; gospel of John; Jesus; Jewish law; law of Moses; psalms

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