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‘To refer, not to characterise’: A synchronic look at the Son-of-Man logia in the Sayings Gospel Q

Llewellyn Howes
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1344 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1344 | © 2013 Llewellyn Howes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 2012 | Published: 12 March 2013


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Abstract

The article intends to address the Son-of-Man problem by applying Delbert Burkett’s ‘question of reference’ to those Son-of-Man logia that appear in the Sayings Gospel Q. A position is taken that recent philological approaches to the Son-of-Man problem have not been overly convincing, successful or helpful. Similarly, attempting to determine the authenticity of individual Son-of-Man sayings has not led to any form of scholarly consensus. In place of these approaches, a synchronic approach is defended and applied to the Son-of-Man sayings in Q, with interesting results.

Keywords

Sayings Gospel Q; historical Jesus; Son of Man; authenticity; apocalytipcism

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