Was Jesus a Bible Thumper?
Of course He was and is.
Someone once told me that the Pharisee's were the "Bible thumpers" of Jesus' day. I disagreed, but did not have any evidence at the time, so I did a little bit of research to find out. I came up with 10 references (possibly stretch it to 11) where the Pharisees "thumped" the Bible, and at least 53 (shown below) where Jesus "thumped" the Bible. I should define my meaning of what "thumping the Bible means". When I hear the term "Bible thumper" used, it is usually a derogatory term used by people who are offended by those who quote Scriptures as their authority. Personally, I can't think of a better Authority. That Authority is as superior to man's authority as God is superior to man. Bible Thumpers say something like "The Bible says ..." or equivalent. It became obvious from my study that Jesus referred to the authority of Scriptures much more than the Jewish leaders of His day. Jesus was the "Bible thumper" - not the Jews. Below, I have listed where Scripture specifically records that Jesus was appealing explicitly to Scripture (it is written, written in the law and prophets, etc.). It does not include where Jesus may have quoted or paraphrased the Old Testament Scriptures and it was not footnoted by the Gospel writer as a quote from one of the Old Testament prophets or writers. This list also does not include the vast number of times the New Testament writers referred to Scripture as their authority. There is no doubt that Jesus and the Apostles appealed to Scripture to authorize their message. They did not refer to the Old Testament Jewish "church" as authoritative nor did they refer to the New Testament church as authoritative. They overwhelmingly appealed to Scripture to serve as proof to their argument. Jesus appealing to Scripture:
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.
Matthew 4:10 Then said Jesus unto him, Go away Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.
Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Matthew 5:18 For truly I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore whatever you want men to do to you, do so unto them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 8:4 And Jesus said unto him, See that you tell no man; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Matthew 11:10 "For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you." - Jesus speaking
Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him;
Matthew 12:5 Or have you not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Matthew 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they don't wash their hands when they eat bread.
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death.
Matthew 15:5 But you say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever you might be profited by me;
Matthew 15:6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Matthew 15:7 You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Matthew 15:8 This people draws close unto me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Matthew 19:8 He said unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts allowed you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.
Matthew 21:16 And [the chief priests and the scribes] said unto him, Do you hear what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yeah; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise?
Matthew 21:42 Jesus said unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, You err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Matthew 22:31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets
Matthew 24:15 When you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:)
Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it would had been better for that man if he had not been born.
Matthew 26:31 Then said Jesus unto them, All of you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put your sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Matthew 26:53 Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall immediately give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be like this?
Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well has Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever curses father or mother, let him die the death:
Mark 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias truly comes first, and restores all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught
Mark 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
Mark 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cling to his wife;
Mark 10:8 And they two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.
Mark 12:26 And concerning the dead, that they rise: have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not take me: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.
Luke 4:17 And there was given unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fixed upon him.
Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how do you read it?
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all thy mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 16:29 Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luke 16:30 And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they don't hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead
Luke 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Luke 20:41 And he said unto them, How do they say that Christ is David's son?
Luke 20:42 And David himself said in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit on my right hand,
Luke 21:22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Luke 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was counted among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are these which testify of me.
John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.
John 5:46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. John 5:47 But if you don't believe his writings, how shall you believe my words?
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me.
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you go about to kill me?
John 7:22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but it is of the fathers;) and you on the Sabbath day circumcise a man.
John 7:23 If a man on the Sabbath day receives circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are you angry at me, because I have made a man whole on the Sabbath day?
John 7:38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, you are gods?
John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.
John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst.
If you were counting, that was 53 references. Jesus was clearly a "Bible Thumper".