Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MA)
Baptism of Jesus, Baptism, Matthew 3, Messiah, Son of God
Christianity | Religion
Herbst, Andrew James, "The Old Testament’s Contribution to the Baptism of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew" (2022). Masters Theses. 852.
The Baptism of Jesus is an often overlooked or misunderstood event. There are numerous interpretations of what the Baptism of Jesus reveals, some of which alternate between Christ’s work and ministry as a man or a revelation of His deity. A clearer understanding of the Baptism event may be discovered through examining the Gospel of Matthew and relevant OT texts. Matthew depicts Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, as the Son of David who would fulfill OT prophecies and become the messianic King and Servant of Yahweh. The voice from heaven, the dove, and the anointing of the Spirit may all bear images from the OT to reveal the man Jesus as fulfilling these special OT positions of King, Son, and Servant.