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“I Am” Sayings
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Examines New Testament passages in which Jesus uses the Greek expression “I am” in relation to His divinity. This usage is especially prominent in the Gospel of John.Since εἰμί (eimi) alone can be translated “I am,” the presence of ἐγώ (egō) serves to add emphasis—“I, yes I, am.” Jesus uses this expression in two primary ways, both of which echo the Old Testament description of Yahweh:1. in a simple predicate construction, such as “I am the good shepherd”;2. in the absolute sense, without a predicative expression, so that it is rendered simply as “I am.”
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
I Am Sayings
I Am Sayings (ἐγώ εἰμί, egō eimi). Examines New Testament passages in which Jesus uses the Greek expression “I am” in relation to His divinity. This usage is especially prominent in the Gospel of John.Since εἰμί (eimi) alone can be translated “I am,” the presence of ἐγώ (egō) serves to add emphasis—“I,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
“i Am” Sayings
“I AM” SAYINGS Self-proclamations made by Jesus in the Gospel of John.One of the distinctive elements of the teaching of Jesus is the way Jesus expresses important truths in terms of his own personal character and mission. These statements begin with the words “I am” and then continue to express a deep
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
'I Am' Sayings
“I am” sayingsThe unique authority* and identity of Jesus are expressed particularly in the Fourth Gospel through sayings which employ the Greek formula egō eimi (“I am”). In some cases a simple predicate is given (“I am the bread of life”), in others an absolute usage is playing a specialized
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
I Am Sayings
“I AM” SAYINGSThe four canonical Gospels contain several pronouncements that feature the Greek phrase egō eimi (“I am”). Since only the verbal form (eimi) is required in Greek to express the words “I am,” the inclusion of the personal pronoun (egō) gives prominence to the words of the speaker. In
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
“I Am” Sayings
“I Am” Sayings. Diverse “I am …” formulas by which Yahweh repeatedly discloses himself. He reveals himself as the God of the patriarchs (e.g., Gen. 15:7; 17:1; 28:13), or “the Lord [Yahweh] your God, who brought you out of Egypt” (e.g., Exod. 20:2, at the beginning of the Decalogue), or more simply “I
Key passages
Mk 6:45–50

And immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he himself dismissed the crowd. And after he had said farewell to them, he went away to the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was in the …

Jn 6:35–51

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty again. But I said to you that you have seen me and do not believe. Everyone whom the Father gives to me will come to me, and the one who comes to me …

Jn 8:12

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jn 8:58

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am!”

Jn 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live,