Jesus talks about his father a lot. Is it Yahweh? How do we know that when Jesus says, "My father" he means Yahweh from the Old Testament?

  • I got a good clear answer for a reasonable question. The question is NOT obvious, despite the fact that it's what's most christians belief. I mean the verses supporting it are pretty scarce.
    – user4234
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 6:28
  • It seems that people here think that I am up to no good for questioning things that should be questioned.
    – user4234
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 6:29
  • And the more I think something should be questioned, the more everyone else think it shouldn't be. I am frustrated here.
    – user4234
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 6:33
  • Jesus knows the 'Father' but do we know what He means when He uses that term - John 8: 55? Is there a question left if we know that? Using the term Y...h makes yours a loaded question because it belongs in a specific religious context unlike the terms Lord God (Adonay Elohim) that it is derived from. Maybe edit 'Y...h' to 'God' or direct your question to a specific religious group. Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 7:39
  • The problem you seem to be encountering is not so much what you are asking but the phrasing of questions. Using this question for example; as stated 'Who is Jesus father?' In most people's mind that is a contentious question, and even before reading the remainder of what you ask there is a hostile reaction. It could have been better phrased 'Does the Bible say that Yahweh is who Jesus refers to as my father?' Perhaps you might get some pointers on asking questions from "Help". The initial impression is paramount to getting good answers.
    – BYE
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 12:04

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Multiple ways, though not all of them are obvious in the English translation.

Jesus refers to himself with 'I AM' in a manner as to make a direct connection to Yahweh from the Old Testament.

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14


EDIT Somebody wanted more specificity, so if you read the whole passage Jesus says clearly to the Jews...

Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself,(BN) my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. John 8:54

Doesn't get much clearer than that. The God of the Jews is Yaweh. Jesus says that the God they claim is his Father.

  • Your statement only prove that Jesus is Yahveh ("I AM"), if indeed your interpretation of that verse is correct. The original question asks how we know that Yahveh is being referred to when Jesus says "my father."
    – user900
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 4:17
  • Now, I would say that John 8:54 is a good answer.
    – user900
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 4:39
  • Ah yes. John 8 is pretty clear. Any other verse?
    – user4234
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 6:27
  • Your statement, 'the God of the Jews is Y...h' is curiously correct. 'God' with a capital is only ever applied to one entity and that together with 'Lord' is the Divine Name expressed in the four Hebrew letters Y,H,W,H. (Note the absence of vowels.) The root is 'to be' therefore 'eternal' and 'creator' therefore 'father'. God is 'Eternal Father' of Jesus and all Jews. Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 7:55
  • Those capital letter God and "the LORD" is not in the original language. The correct way to transliterate YHWH would be YHWH if it's a proper name. It could also be translated. In any case, "the LORD" is not a correct translation or transliteration. Saying "the LORD" would imply Ha Eloah, or Ha Elohim, or Ha Adonai, which is simply not what the original language is. This may cause confusion for our atheist brothers that think ancient judaism could be polytheistic.
    – user4234
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 6:28

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