The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation

The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation

The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation

The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation

Synopsis

The expression "Son of Man," used in the Gospels almost exclusively by Jesus, has been the object of intensive study since the Protestant Reformation, yet scholars have failed to agree on its origin or meaning. Because of the scope and complexity of the literature, no comprehensive survey of the subject has been written in the twentieth century; Delbert Burkett's study fills this need. It provides a comprehensive historical overview of the debate from the patristic period to 1996, evaluates that research, and summarizes the present state of the question.

Excerpt

I could not have completed the history of research in the present work without the assistance of several persons and institutions. I wish especially to thank Sarah Nixon and her assistants in the Interlibrary Loan office at Appalachian State University. I have lost track of the number of books and articles that they obtained for me. I owe thanks also to the Southern Regional Education Board for a research travel grant that enabled me to visit the rare book collections at several major libraries. My appreciation goes to those libraries as well: the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John K. Mullen Denver Memorial Library of Catholic University of America, the Krauth Memorial Library of Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary, the New York Public Library, and the Divinity Library of Duke University. Finally I wish to thank Louisiana State University for a Summer Research Stipend that gave me the time to complete this book.

Chapter 8, a slightly modified form of “The Nontitular Son of Man: A History and Critique, ” NTS 40 (1994) 504–21, has been used with permission.

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