A Hebrew and Aramaic term, often used to mean a human being in general. In the Gospels Jesus Christ uses it to refer to himself in his earthly ministry and his future death, exaltation and coming as judge and Saviour.
Sons of men as a term for humanity in general
Human beings are inferior to GodPs 115:16The Hebrew term here translated “man” literally means “sons of men”. Many of the OT references cited in this theme follow this pattern. See alsoPs 11:4; Ps 33:13-14; Ps 45:2
Da 7:13The Aramaic “one like a son of man” stresses this person’s humanity and mysterious identity; Da 7:13-14 He enters God’s presence and is given final authority over God’s kingdom; Da 7:27 He shares the kingdom with God’s people. See alsoDa 7:18 “saints of the Most High” have sometimes been interpreted as angels
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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