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Son of Man, Aslan, and a Reasonably Priced Resource

Son of Man, Aslan, and a Reasonably Priced Resource

Larry Hurtado shares:

I’m pleased to note that a multi-author book co-edited by Paul Owen and me, “Who is This Son of Man?  The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (London:  T&T Clark, 2011), originally an appallingly expensive hardback, is now available in paperback at a quite reasonable price;  £16.19 ($29.95 US).  The publisher’s catalogue page is here.

In related news, Anthony Le Donne has recently offered a helpful critique of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazarethnoting along the way that Aslan has failed to take into account a plethora of recent Son of Man scholarship:


Aslan deals haphazardly and insufficiently with one of the most debated topics in historical Jesus research: the title “Son of Man”. He writes: “In employing the definite form of the phrase, Jesus was using it in a wholly new and unprecedented way: as a title, not as an idiom. Simply put, Jesus was not calling himself “a son of man.” He was calling himself The Son of Man.”  Aslan does not demonstrate even a passable knowledge of the secondary literature which is massive and manifold.  On a personal note, I’ve been reading on this topic for over a decade now and I still feel unqualified to chime in.  Aslan treats this topic as if nothing new has been advanced since the early 1980s and most of his citations are from the 1960s and 70s.

Perhaps someone ought to let Aslan know about the paperback edition of the Hurtado-Owen book?


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