Sunday, April 3, 2011

NT Pod 52: Who is this "Son of Man"?

NT Pod 52 explores what the term "Son of Man" means in the Gospels by going through a series of seven indisputable statements about the term, noting the importance, for the evangelists, of Daniel 7.13-14. Other key texts discussed in the podcast include John 12.34, Mark 2.27-28, Mark 8.31-32, Mark 13.26-27 and Mark 14.61-63.

It is about eleven minutes long.

NT Pod 52: Who is this "Son of Man"? (mp3)
NT Pod 52: Who is this "Son of Man"? (mp3) (Alternative location)

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  1. Good work, Mark.

    I was wondering, in Daniel 7 does the Hebrew say "ben adam" and it gets translated as "son of man"?

    Could it be the gospel writers are trying to portray Jesus as the second Adam in this way? In which case, Paul would just be taking a more direct route to establish that.


  2. dr Goodacre, you have not even mentioned about this concept, that Jesus originally may have diferentiated himself from Son of you find it far-fetched?

  3. Daniel is in Aramaic (not Hebrew). Thus, Daniel 7:13 has "bar enash" rather than "ben adam" (though likely not without the same meaning), but notice, too, that Psalm 2:12 curiously has the Aramaic "bar" rather than "ben" in what is otherwise a Hebrew verse. Interesting.

  4. Sorry, the first sentence of my comment above should say "Daniel 7 is in Aramaic (not Hebrew)."

  5. That's right, Drew. I was wondering how long it would take someone to point that out! Noticed when I played it back but I'm afraid I couldn't face going back and re-recording, and it's correct that that's the Hebrew term used elsewhere that I was discussing in general.

    Thanks, Shane and Pawel, for your comments. No, not especially convinced by the idea that Jesus is talking about someone else.

  6. I note that Jesus also admits to being the Son of Man to the man born blind in John chapter nine. It seems to have a religious connotation to the healed man since he worships Jesus when he discovers that Jesus is the Son of Man. Just a thought.

  7. Professor Goodacre,

    Can you comment on why the Son of Man is largely dropped in early Christian literature outside the canonical gospels? Is there literature that discusses this phenomenon?

  8. Thanks for your comments, Bob.

    That's a big question, JC. It does get discussed a bit in some of the studies of the Son of Man.