Monday, June 25, 2007
Son of Man as Messiah
I continue to be impressed by the claim, fairly popular in German scholarship nowadays, that "Son of Man" was a messianic title. It certainly appears that way in 1 Enoch and 4 Ezra and also in the Gospels. Consider the following from the Fourth Gospel: "The crowd answered him, 'We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?'"(John 12:34). Clearly here Son of Man = Messiah. Yet I acknowledge that most (if not all) of the sources that make this connection probably post-date 70 AD and it might not be possible to read this perspective back into Jesus' lifetime. There also remains the problem of whether this connection occured only in Greek and whether it was possible in Aramaic and how Daniel 7 relates to the problem.