To begin the investigation about whether human or angelic figures could forgive sins on God’s behalf, I want to note some recent specialist literature. Check out Tobias Hägerland, Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of His Prophetic Mission (Cambridge University Press, 2011); “Prophetic Forgiveness in Josephus and Mark,” SEA 79 (2014): 125–139; Daniel Johannson, “‘Who Can Forgive Sins but God Alone?’ Human and Angelic Agents, and Divine Forgiveness in Early Judaism” JSNT 33 (2011): 351-74; Sigurd Grindheim, “Divine and Human Forgiveness: A Response to Tobias Hägerland” SEA 80 (2015): 126-141. With that said, here are some possible parallels for Jesus’ act of forgiving sins:
- Did the priest forgive the penitent sinner offering a sacrifice? The issue may be that there may be little evidence that the priest pronounced the forgiveness of sins.
- Did an exorcist (Daniel?) forgive sins in the Prayer…
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