It feels like wishful thinking to imagine Jesus being physically present in the Old Testament. In fact, some would say that to read Jesus into the Old Testament in such a way is to abuse the Bible. But if that’s true, then it seems like the New Testament writers themselves abused the Old Testament, because they seem to be attesting to his presence there.
In today’s podcast, we dissect a number of verses that give plausibility to Jesus’ pre-incarnate and Old Testament existence, whether it be in the physical form of Yahweh, the Angel of Yahweh, or Lady Wisdom. The Bible paints a very intriguing and strange picture for us to consider, and it seems the New Testament writers want us to embrace the thought.
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Most of today’s work comes from Michael S. Hesier’s studies. For more on the Angel of Yahweh, see Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm. For more on Lady Wisdom as Jesus, see Michael S. Heiser’s article on Bible Study Magazine, Miqlat, or the section entitled “God’s Right Hand Woman” in his book, I Dare You Not to Bore Me With the Bible. There’s also some great work done on the subject under the section entitled “Wisdom” in The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible.