Jewish Intermediary Agents and the Forgiveness of Sins?

The Jesus Memoirs

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 JudaismJSNT 33 (2011): 351-74; Sigurd Grindheim, “Divine and Human Forgiveness: A Response to Tobias HägerlandSEA 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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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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