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Was Jesus really the Son of Man?

Submitted: 11/8/2010
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Question: Bro. Johannes, this question is directed to you. Throughout His earthly life, Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man. In Hebrew this is the term 'Ben Adam,' which is the Hebrew equivalent of our term 'human being.' The word 'adam' is directly tied to the word 'adamah,' which means the ground. In Latin, the word that has this same meaning is 'humus,' which is the root of our word 'human.' A human being is, by definition, an earthen being; literally a being from the soil. There is no escaping the fact that a Son of Adam is a human being, which means one descended from the first human being who was made in the image of God of the aphar min ha-adamah, the clay that comes from the ground. Hence, whenever Jesus called Himself the Son of Adam, He was pointing to His authentic humanity. Now the question is, was Jesus really a Son of Adam or was He merely employing this term as a messianic title?

Answer: This questions is directed to Bro. Johannes, but all others are welcome to respond.