Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Son of Man בר אנשׁ
(3,463 words)

I. Name

Son of man is a typical Semitic expression (‘son of …’= one of the species of) denoting an individual human being (Ps. 8.4; Job 16.21). Paradoxically it comes to refer, in Jewish texts, to a heavenly figure who looks like a human being and, in New Testament texts, to Jesus both in his humanity and in his identity as the heavenly figure described in the Jewish texts.

II. Identity

The earliest relevant text for the non-generic use of ‘son of man’ is Dan. 7.13–14. The chapter purports to be a vision that Daniel receiv…

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G. W. E. Nickelsburg, “Son of Man בר אנשׁ”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Sonofman>

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