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‘Who Is This Son of Man?’: The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus
Hurtado, Larry W. and Paul L. Owen, editors

New York: T&T Clark, 2011 pp. xvi + 191. $130.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 390


Description: This bookis the first ever collection of scholarly essays in English devoted specifically to the theme of the expression 'son of man'. Itdescribes the major competing theories which have addressed questions such as: What is the original Aramaic expression which lies behind the Greek phrase, and what was its original connotation? How do the gospel writers use the expression 'son of man'? Is it a Christological title, pregnant with meaning, much like the titles son of God, Christ/Messiah, and son of David? Is it used as a way of designating Jesus as a human being of unique redemptive significance? Or does it rather originate in a nuanced use (obscured in Greek translation) of an Aramaic expression used in place of the first person pronoun, as an indefinite pronoun, or for generic statements about human beings? Larry Hurtado and Paul Owen have brought together contributing scholars on the basis of theirexpertise in Aramaic, historical Jesus research, the son of man debate itself, and related fields of research.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Christopher Tuckett
Published 8/1/2012
Citation: Christopher Tuckett, review of Larry W. Hurtado and Paul L. Owen, eds., ‘Who Is This Son of Man?’: The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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