“Who is This Son of Man?”
After a long wait, I’ve just received my advance copy of a new volume co-edited with Paul Owen (Montreat College): Who is This Son of Man? The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (London: Continuum, 2011), ISBN 978-0-567-52119-4.
In this multi-author volume, the essays all address the expression “the Son of Man”, engaging in depth the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic evidence that scholars have put on the table over the many decades in which this expression has been probed. The major competing theories are considered, including especially the extended series of publications by Maurice Casey. Questions addressed include these: What might be the Aramaic expression behind the Greek phrase used in the Gospels, and what was its connotation? How do the Gospels writers use the expression “the son of man”? Is it a christological title (like “Son of God,” “Christ”, etc.)? Might it have derived from Jesus’ own speech-practice, or did it originate in early church reflections on Jesus’ signficance?
Contributors include Albert Lukaszewski, Paul Owen, David Shepherd, Peter Williams, Darrell Bock, Benjamin Reynolds and Darrell Hannah, with a concluding essay by yours truly.
Paul and I hope that this volume will move the discussion along in a cogent and helpful direction. In a subsequent posting, I’ll be providing some of my observations from my concluding essay.
P.S. Sorry about the high price of the book (over $100 USD), a matter over which we editors had no control. It’s a volume directed mainly to academic readers, with lots of Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and even Ethiopic. So, I guess the publishers are aiming simply for library sales.