As I have shown in my 1988 book One God, One Lord, devout Jews of Second-Temple times were often quite ready to portray this or that figure in astonishingly exalted terms (whether divine attributes such as divine Wisdom or divine Word, or divine angels such as Michael or Yahoel, or revered ancestors such as Enoch or Moses). Indeed, a number of the specific claims about Jesus in the New Testament have precedents and analogies in some of the claims made for these figures in sources that derive from or reflect Second-Temple Jewish circles. But what we do not find in the Second-Temple Jewish tradition is the further, momentous step of treating any such figure as a recipient of cultic devotion that in any way parallels the devotion given to Jesus in earliest Christianity.
- Larry Hurtado, How on Earth did Jesus become God? [p. 22] -