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Die uitdrukking “seun van die mens” in die Jesus-tradisie: ’n Ontwikkeling vanaf ’n landbou-omgewing na die wêreld van skrifgeleerdes

Andries G. Van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 4 | a710 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i4.710 | © 2002 Andries G. Van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2002 | Published: 27 October 2002

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Andries G. Van Aarde, Univers, South Africa

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The expression “son of man” in the Jesus tradition: A develop-ment from agrarian culture to a scribal context

The aim of the article is to show that Jesus used the expression “son of man” generically, meaning “humankind”. This generic use developed into a “titular” usage in which his followers identified Jesus with the apocalyptic son of man. It is argued that Jesus’ use of the expression “son of man” should be understood in the context of his subversive wisdom and the “little tradition” of peasants. His followers reinterpreted this usage in terms of the “great tradition” of scribes. This development is demonstrated by means of a Jesus wisdom saying about a comparison between the fate of beasts and the son of man who has nowhere to lay his head (Q 9:58).


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