*Tuesday = Truth-day* — One way scholars look to disclaim Jesus’ divinity is too look for similarities between Jesus and others from ancient history who did exorcisms or prayed for rain. They want to demonstrate that Jesus’ works were not unique, not one-of-a-kind, and just another example of a Jewish “wonder worker”.
Looking closer, we can see that any parallels break down rather quickly. Just how central the supernatural was in Jesus has no parallel in Jewish history. The radical nature of His miracles makes Jesus very unique. We’re not just talking about rain, we’re talking about blindness, deafness, leprosy, and scoliosis being instantly healed, storms being stopped, bread and fish multiplied, sons and daughters being raised from the dead. Way beyond any parallels.
More important is how Jesus did miracles on His own authority. He says, “If I, by the finder of GOD, canst out demons, then the Kingdom of GOD is among you”, referring to Himself. He goes on to say, “I have been anointed to set the captives free.” He does give GOD the Father credit for what He does, but you never find Him asking GOD the Father to do it. No parallel like this exists.
Jesus also talks about Himself in a unique way saying, “all authority has been given me,” “honor me even as you honor the Father,” “heaven and earth shall pass away but my Word will not pass away.” You’ll never find rabbis speaking like this anywhere. To say that parallels exist would require a very, very stretched explanation.