Student and teacher got in an argument yesterday, during class, over whether or not the historical Jesus of Nazareth could have said, "Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made." (John 17:5)
Student: "You do admit that, because you can't know what he said, he could have said this, no?"
Teacher: "All I'm saying is that a devout Jew of the 1st century could never have said such a thing."
Student: "But Jesus was more than an ordinary Jew."
Teacher: "No he wasn't."
Trouble is, they both have to be right. Jesus has to be more than an ordinary Jew of the 1st century; that's the central claim of Christianity after all. On the other hand, we have to be able to say that he was an ordinary person just like us; if he wasn't just like us we wouldn't be saved by his passage through death to life.