Mark's Gospel

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Son of God

In the Hebrew Bible the nation, Israel, which thought of God as Father, is often referred to as the Son of God, e.g. 'I brought my Son out of Egypt' (Hosea 11:1). By the time of Jesus it was regarded as a Messianic title. The question at the trial in the High Priest's house is, 'Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?' (Mark 14:61). That Jesus was conscious of being Son of God is beyond dispute, but did he mean no more by it than that he was the Messiah? Did he claim for himself a unique sonship? Mark 13:32 throws light on this question. 'About that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son; only the Father.' Here the Son is placed above men and angels and has a position subordinate only to God Himself.

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