John 18:5 – “I AM” – A Claim to Divinity?

Right now I’m working on this question: Did Jesus claim to be divine in John 18:5 when he said “I AM”?

Many people argue that Jesus never claimed to be divine. I think that’s a stretch. On the other hand, in the gospels, Jesus never exactly says, “I am God.” But I think this moment is probably the closest we have. “I AM” is ego eimi in Greek, which is the same phrase God uses in Exod 3:14 in the LXX. God says “I AM WHO AM” or ego eimi ho on. Think about it.

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