The point about ìwhere does it say...?î is well made and it will not be unnoticed that this thread ñ potentially very interesting ñ is remarkable for
the lack of Scriptural reference -not a line until Byrd: as a result of which, much is merely unsubstantiated (not to mention un-substantiable)
To be sure, the topic cannot be discussed without some sort of study of what Jesus is reported to have said and what was said about him, before and
after his mortal life.
He appears to have been assiduous in not claiming to be the Messiah the Jews expected and was fond of saying, in effect: ìif you say soî when
questioned as to his title or nature.
What is said of him clearly puts him in a long rabbinical tradition: Isaiah, Micah...many more. Perhaps the mention in Danielís vision is best known:
ìI saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought
him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his
dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed.î
Names such as ìSon of Manî (quite literal: "huios anthropou" in the Greek, "bar enash" in the Hebrew have meaning and resonances when put in an OT
To be the Son of man is to be the Messiah (even if it is a very different Messiah from the one the Rabbis expected)
As for Jesus claiming his divinity ñ again he seems to have left it to others and most of the evidence comes in the NT after the Gospels ñthe Pauline
tradition is the most influential.
However, in the markedly ìGreekî and philosophical Book of John ñ with its emphasis on Christís identity with the Word, we have the familiar:
ìYour father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast
thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.î John 8:
and ñ quite explicitly -John gives us Doubting Thomas and an unambiguous statement of the Evangelistís purpose.
ìThen saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless,
but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed. And many
other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.î John
In short, there is much scriptural evidence to suggest that Jesus asserted his divinity ñnone to suggest he denied it ñand everything to counter any
absurdity along the lines of ìhe said he was just a manî.