Liberal scholarship makes out that there is no support for Jesus' divinity in the Synoptic Gospels and that as the Gospel of John, which makes the claim for Jesus' divinity was the last canonical gospel written, it is clear that the belief that Jesus is divine was not part of the original message. Pitrie takes aim at this claim, stating that the divinity of Jesus is present, but couched in Jewish language. He analyses the conceptual background to Jesus' proclamation of God's kingdom, but focuses on three incidents.
Pitrie begins with Jesus' walking on water to point out that the English translation of his words to the Apostles does the gospel no justice. We are told that Jesus meant to pass them by, but said, "It is I." But the phrase "pass them by" in the Moses story denotes what God does when he visits his people. Moreover, the words "It is I" are a mistranslation of ego eimi, which means I am. "I am " is the name for God, which we know as Yahweh and its misspelling Jehovah. This, according to Pitrie is a gentle revelation of who Jesus truly is. A similar revelation comes in the story of the calming of the storm."Who is he that the winds and waves obey him?" For the Jews only God was lord of the winds and the waves. Again, a quiet demonstration that Jesus was more than human.
The words I am are used by Jesus in his self-revelation to Caiphas, who asked Jesus whether he is the Christ. "I am and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the power and coming on the clouds of heaven." In this we have a coming together of titles that constitutes a self-revelation of a special status. What is more, there are seven I am sayings in John's Gospel that are regarded by liberal scholars as late additions to the Jesus tradition, but Pitrie's observations indicate that they are not Johannine theological elaboration, but are genuine parts of the Jesus story.
Finally Pitrie turns to the Transfiguration, which liberal scholars dismiss as a post-resurrection experience wrongly placed. But the content of the transfiguration, which contains references to Jesus' coming passion, are inconsistent with this view. Furthermore,Pitrie points out that Moses and Elijah, who appear talking to Jesus. both had experiences of God but did not see him face to face, and as they now see is face the story is hinting that in Jesus they finally see the face of God. Yet another hint of Jesus' divinity in the synoptic gospels.
I have not given an exhaustive account of the book, for there is more in this well-written volume that will repay the reader's time and commitment. Truth is often spoken simply, and in its lucid prose this book speaks the truths of the Christian faith in concise, simple language. I commend it to you