Description: The Son of Man sayings are some of the most contested sayings in the Gospels. They preserve a phrase employed by Jesus to refer to himself, yet the meaning of the saying in its various contexts has been hotly debated for centuries. Some identify allusions to other literature in the bible, including the book of Daniel. Others see it as simply being a strange rendering in Greek of an Aramaic phrase that was relatively commonplace.
The history of research on these sayings is here presented by Benjamin E. Reynolds in a volume of critical readings, which provides access to over 50 years of scholarly research. These essays and articles include the most often cited articles that address the various aspects of the Son of Man debate. In addition to these most well-known pieces Reynolds includes carefully selected additional essays that allow readers to trace different developments in the debate and to provide an entry into the waters of 'the Son of Man Problem' and the numerous solutions that have been offered. Each section features an introduction and a section of annotated further readings. The authors of the selected readings include Richard Bauckham, Frederick H. Borsch, Maurice Casey, John J. Collins, Carsten Colpe, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Lester L. Grabbe, A. J. B. Higgins, Otfried Hofius, Morna D. Hooker, William Horbury, Larry W. Hurtado, Ragnar Leivestad, Barnabas Lindars, Johan Lust, T. W. Manson, I. Howard Marshall, C. F. D. Moule, Paul Owen, Norman Perrin, Benjamin E. Reynolds, David Shepherd, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Geza Vermes, Peter J. Williams, and Adela Yarbro Collins.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Reception History, New Testament Use of Old Testament
Review by Russell Morton
Citation: Russell Morton, review of Benjamin E. Reynolds, ed., The Son of Man Problem: Critical Readings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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