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The Charge of Blasphemy. Does the Law Condemn Jesus for Claiming to be the Son of God ?

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There is an important connection between the Sabbath question and accusation of blasphemy made against Jesus. If Jesus has authority over Sabbath, it is because he is the "Son of God". In order to prove Jesus is a "sinner", the Jews would first have to disprove his claim to divine origin. They would have to convict him of blasphemy, which is exactly what they attempted to do. In Synoptics Jesus is condemned to death on a charge of blasphemy because he claimed to be the Messiah without giving any signs of power. As in case of Sabbath violations, John seems to be reflecting primitive tradition quite faithfully when he presents Jews as persecuting and prosecuting Jesus on a charge of blasphemy. But in Fourth Gospel there are much better grounds than in Synoptics for making such a charge against Jesus and the point of view is quite different.

Keywords: blasphemy; divine origin; Fourth Gospel; Jesus; Messiah; Sabbath violation; Son of God; Synoptics

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