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Jesus' Self‐Designation ‘The Son of Man’ and the Recognition of His Divinity

Craig A. Evans

in The Trinity

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246120
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246122.003.0002
                      Jesus' Self‐Designation ‘The Son of Man’ and the Recognition of His Divinity

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Craig Evans argues that early Christian expressions of the deity of Jesus originated in the teaching and activity of Jesus himself, and not simply in later contact with the cult of the emperor. He contends that Jesus’ self‐identification as ‘the son of man’ of Daniel 7, where this figure approaches the divine throne and directly from God receives kingdom and authority, takes his messianism to a new level. It is this ingredient that evidently represents an innovation, which launches a messianic trajectory that will find its way to the more formalized expressions of trinitarian theology.

Keywords: activity; authority; cult of the emperor; Daniel 7; deity; Evans; kingdom; messianism; son of man; teaching; trinitarian theology

Chapter.  8419 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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