Jesus' View of the Old Testament
importance attached to what a teacher says is inextricably
bound up with what kind of person he is. In the case of
Jesus this is supremely important...Jesus saw himself, and
other came to believe him to be, both man and God. In this
case he is unique among men and his teaching must carry with
it a unique authority. What Jesus says about the Old
Testament must be regarded on the same footing as what he
says about his mission. It will be clear from the following
evidence that he had the highest possible regard for the Old
Testament text and recognized in its words the voice of God.
We first note that Jesus did not question the historicity of
the many Old Testament persons or events to which he refers.
Such people as Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lot, from
the patriarchal age are treated not as myths, but as actual
persons. The same applies to Moses, David, Solomon, Elijah,
Elisha and Jonah. The sayings in which these are mentioned
would lose some of their authority if the historicity of the
persons concerned were in doubt."
Guthrie, "New Testament Theology" (England:
Inter-Varsity Press, 1981) p. 957