Did Jesus Claim Divinity?

The First Council of Nicea

Eastern Orthodox icon depicting the First Council of Nicea (325).

A central and defining tenet of Christianity is that Jesus is more than just a good teacher or even a prophet; He is God incarnate.  This fact is traceable to claims and evidences offered directly from Jesus himself.  However, certain fringe academic circles such as the “Jesus Seminar” and popular authors like Dan Brown have popularized the idea that Jesus never claimed to be divine.  They contend that this perception of Jesus was a product of much later “mythologizing,” and would have been roundly rejected by Jesus and early Christian followers.

A review of scripture and history tells a very different story.  Continue reading