9781845533359

The Expression Son of Man and the Development of Christology: A History of Interpretation

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 8/8/2014
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Son of Man is practically the only self-designation employed by Jesus himself in the gospels, but is used in such a way that no hint is left of any particular theological significance. Still, during the first many centuries of the church, the expression as it was reused was given content, first-literally-as signifying Christ's human nature. Later "Son of Man" was thought to be a christological title in its own right. Today, many scholars are inclined to think that, in an "original" Aramaic of an historical Jesus, it was little more than a rhetorical circumlocution, referring to the one speaking. Mogens Müller's The Expression "Son of Man" and the Development of Christology: A History of Interpretation is the first study of the "Son of Man" trope, which traces the history of interpretation from the Apostolic Fathers to the present, concluding that the various interpretations of this phrase reflect little more than the various doctrinal assumptions held by its interpreters over centuries.

Author Biography

Mogens Muller has been Professor in New Testament at the University of Copenhagen since 1982. He is author of Der Ausdruck 'Menschensohn' in den Evangelien. Voraussetzungen und Bedeutung (1984) and The First Bible of the Church: A Plea for the Septuagint (1996), as well as articles on the Gospel of Matthew, on the Son of Man problem and on the reception of the Old Testament in the New.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Early Churchp. 9
The Son of Man in Gnosticismp. 32
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathersp. 53
The Son of Man in Medieval Exegesisp. 81
Reformation, Orthodoxy, Counter-Reformation, and Pietismp. 93
Enlightenment, Rationalism, and Idealismp. 115
Son of Man and the Life of Jesus Projectp. 140
The Emergence of a Specific Apocalyptic Son of Man Conceptp. 177
The First Aramaic Stage in the Son of Man Researchp. 190
The Eschatological Interpretationp. 207
Mostly Backwaterp. 216
The History of Religions Schoolp. 233
Interludep. 263
Continuationsp. 271
The Second Aramaic Stagep. 308
Exit the Apocalyptic Son of Man?p. 326
Son of Man as a Product of the Gospel Traditionp. 375
Conclusionp. 417
Bibliographyp. 420
Index of Referencesp. 498
Index of Authorsp. 506
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