Who Do People Say That I Am: Jesus as Prophet in Luke

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, seminary student, scholar, and every thoughtful believer.)

Scholars generally affirm the prophetic role of Jesus in Luke. However, whether Jesus is
the eschatological prophet is still subject to debate. How did Jesus’ words and actions fulfill the Jewish expectation of an eschatological prophet? If he is the final prophet, how did he discharge that role? What was his prophetic message? The question is not whether Jesus was prophet or messiah, but how Jesus was the eschatological prophetic messiah. To address this question, I will attempt to show how Luke portrays Jesus’ prophetic role, which links inseparably with his overriding messianic function. Our task is to study functionally, exegetically, and theologically those words, actions, and OT allusions that demonstrate Jesus as prophet.1 By this approach, we could then see a clearer picture of Jesus as prophet in Luke. In what follows, I will first draw out features of the eschatological prophet of Jewish hope and then compare the trajectories of second temple apocalyptic and the third gospel. . . . more

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