8:54 Jesus replied, 1 “If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 2 The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 3 say, ‘He is our God.’
8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 4 before Abraham came into existence, 5 I am!” 6
1 tn Grk “Jesus answered.”
2 tn Grk “is nothing.”
3 tn The word “people” is not in the Greek text, but is supplied in English to clarify the plural Greek pronoun and verb.
4 tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”
5 tn Grk “before Abraham was.”
6 sn I am! is an explicit claim to deity. Although each occurrence of the phrase “I am” in the Fourth Gospel needs to be examined individually in context to see if an association with Exod 3:14 is present, it seems clear that this is the case here (as the response of the Jewish authorities in the following verse shows).