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Schweitzer on the Son of Man Problem

The meaning of “Son of Man” in Yeshua’s sayings is complicated. Does he mean “human being” in any or all of the sayings? Does he mean “present Messiah” by the term (i.e., is he saying that is presently the exalted human ruler of Daniel)? Or does he mean “future Messiah” (i.e., when he returns he will be the exalted human ruler of Daniel)? In 1906, Schweitzer explored the problem in depth from its linguistic, historical, and exegetical angles and wrote this spectacular comment:

Jesus did not, therefore, veil his Messiahship by using the expression Son of Man, much less did he transform it, but He used the expression to refer, in the only possible way, to His Messianic office as destined to be realized at His “coming,” and did so in such a manner that only the initiated understood that He was speaking of His own coming, while others understood Him as referring to the coming of a Son of Man who was other than Himself.
-The Quest of the Historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, 1906.

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One Response to "Schweitzer on the Son of Man Problem"

  1. Brian says:

    Hello,

    Just a quick comment: Each time Yeshua used this term, ‘son of man’ the context has to determine the thrust and meaning.

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