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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Who is this Son of Man? Hurtado and Owen (eds.)

Who is this son of man?': The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (Library Of New Testament Studies)My copy of 'Who Is This Son of Man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (LNTS 390) edited by Larry W. Hurtado and Paul L. Owen just arrived the other day. I am looking forward to making my way through the essays. Hopefully, I will have time to add some comments on them from time to time. Larry Hurtado's summary essay is of most interest to me, especially since a number of the essays come from different perspectives on the Son of Man debate and do not represent a consensus as much as the varying positions on the questions surrounding ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου in the Gospels.

The description on the back reads:
'This volume is the first ever collection of scholarly essays in English devoted specifically to the theme of the expression "son of man". It describes the major competing theories which have addressed, among others, the following questions. What is the original Aramaic expression that 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 of an Aramaic expression used in place of the first person pronoun, as an indefinite pronoun, or for generic statements about human beings?'

Paul Owen closes his the introduction with these comments: 'The "son of man" debate serves as a conduit for discussions about method in Aramaic studies, the process whereby the oral teaching of Jesus took written form in the Greek gospels, the development of messianic hope(s) in the Second Temple period, the influence of Daniel 7 in Jewish apocalyptic texts, the self-understanding of the historical Jesus, and the relationship of Jesus' modes of speech to the content of early Christian faith and devotion. It is our hope as editors that this collaboration will make a fresh and fruitful contribution to the ongoing discussion of these matters in New Testament scholarship.'

The table of contents are as follows:
*The Son of Man Debate: What's the Problem?, Paul Owen
*Issues Concerning the Aramaic Behind ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου: A Critical Review of Scholarship, Albert L. Lukaszewski 
*Problems with Casey's 'Solution' , Paul L. Owen
*Re-solving the Son of Man 'Problem' in Aramaic, David Shepherd
*Expressing Definiteness in Aramaic: A Response to Casey's Theory concerning the Son of Man Sayings, P. J. Williams
*The Use of Daniel 7 in Jesus' Trial, with Implications for His Self-Understanding, Darrell L. Bock
*The Use of the Son of Man Idiom in the Gospel of John, Benjamin E. Reynolds
*The Elect son of man of the Parables of Enoch, Darrell D. Hannah
*Summing Up and Concluding Observations, Larry W. Hurtado
*Bibliography
*Index

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