Musings on Mark: A Brief Response to Erik Manning on Markan Christology

INTRODUCTION The central question of the Markan Gospel is found near its narrative center in Mark 8:27-30. “Who do people say that I am?” he queries the disciples on their way to Caesarea Philippi (v. 27). A flurry of answers proceeds: people have speculated he is John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the... Continue Reading →

Bart D. Ehrman: Jesus as the “Son of Man”

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 113. In the New Testament Gospels, Jesus used the term "son of man" in three different ways. On some occasions he uses it simply as a circumlocution for himself, that is, rather than referring directly to himself, Jesus... Continue Reading →

Who is “the Son of Man”?

Jesus said, "I am; and 'you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,' and 'coming with the clouds of heaven.'" Mark 14:62, NRSV As we read through the Gospels we come across a phrase that Jesus uses frequently: ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου - "the Son of Man." In the... Continue Reading →

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