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From the first accidental discovery, the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a dramatic one. In , Bedouin men herding goats in the hills to the west of the Dead Sea entered a cave near Wadi Qumran in the West Bank and stumbled on clay jars filled with leather scrolls. Ten more caves were discovered over the next decade that contained tens of thousands of fragments belonging to over scrolls. Most of the finds were made by the Bedouin.

Some of these scrolls were later acquired by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities through complicated transactions and a few by the state of Israel. The bulk of the scrolls came under the control of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Included among the scrolls are the oldest copies of books in the Hebrew Bible and many other ancient Jewish writings: prayers, commentaries, religious laws, magical and mystical texts. They have shed much new light on the origins of the Bible, Judaism and even Christianity.

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Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible dated to the 10th century A. The Dead Sea Scrolls include over copies of biblical books that date up to 1, years earlier. These range from small fragments to a complete scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and every book of the Hebrew Bible except Esther and Nehemiah.

They show that the books of the Jewish Bible were known and treated as sacred writings before the time of Jesus, with essentially the same content.

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Moreover, the Dead Sea Scrolls show that in the first century B. This evidence has helped scholars understand how the Bible came to be, but it neither proves nor disproves its religious message. The Dead Sea Scrolls are unique in representing a sort of library of a particular Jewish group that lived at Qumran in the first century B.

They probably belonged to the Essenes, a strict Jewish movement described by several writers from the first century A. The scrolls provide a rich trove of Jewish religious texts previously unknown. Some of these were written by Essenes and give insights into their views, as well as their conflict with other Jews including the Pharisees. The image in Daniel 10 reflects Mesopotamian myths where gods fight each other and the outcome of their wars is reflected on earth by determining the wars between nations Collins Who is the 'one like a son of man' revealed to Daniel , 18?


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The phrase may refer to one like a human being, one looking like a man, or simply man. Daniel portrays one like a son of man coming to the Ancient of days where he is given him dominion and glory and a kingdom. His dominion is described as a dominion that will last very long, 4 and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed Dn Daniel describes how the Ancient of days gives judgement in favour of the saints of the Most high, and the time comes when the saints possess the kingdom, and the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most high Dn ; Brandenburger Who are the 'saints of the Most high'?

A literal translation is 'the holy ones of the highest one' Koch Some researchers are of the opinion that it denotes the angels Dequeker ; Noth , while the majority believes that it refers to the righteous Jews, or more specifically the small group of people sympathetic to the apocalyptic vision cf. De Boer The reference only includes righteous Jews, those following the doctrines of the wise, visionary figures like Daniel, forming an elite group preaching non-violent resistance and seeing persecution as purifying, allowing Collins to speak of apocalypses as resistance literature.

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The symbol of 'One like a son of man' refers to the election, justification, vindication and elevation of these Jews, a rather small group, the elite responsible for writing Daniel Tabor Spangenberg thinks there is some textual witness that the 'son of man' might also refer to a future messianic king descended from the saints, the Jews, although this is not clear from the text. All the possessions of the heathen super powers are given over to the Jews. The super powers succeed each other but the Jewish kingdom will exist without interruption cf. Dn ; as well. The saints are the Jews that follow the doctrines of the wise who preach non-violent resistance.

The saints utilise an eschatological interpretation in order to understand the claims and stipulations of the Torah for their own day because they are living in the end times Collins This group, the saints, is in several respects similar to the angels who are the holy ones of heaven and the instruments of divine power contra the animals in the vision that embody earthly human-political power. The conclusion is that Jesus finds in Daniel a paradigm of suffering, enthronement, and authority that he utilises to describe his own journey and interpret himself, and in the Danielic figure of the 'Son of man' he sees himself as the enthroned figure in the heavenly vision as the representative of the 'saints of the Most high' Wright The earliest witnesses to the Old Greek version of Daniel 7 equate 'the son of man' with God and represent a perspective of Daniel 7 that most likely existed in the 1st century CE, argues Zacharias The Greek 'son of man' coheres with the Son of man sayings in Matthew and indicates that the evangelist was familiar with a similar textual tradition that places the Son of man on the glorious throne where he judges the nations Zacharias Jesus' use of 'Son of man'.

In the previous section it was argued that Jesus' 'Son of man' sayings exist within the context of suffering, enthronement, and authority that also appear in the narrative of Daniel's visions. It is necessary to investigate the Markan sayings. Bultmann suggests that these sayings about the 'Son of man' can be arranged into three groups or three categories: Those that refer to Jesus' earthly activity Mk , 28 ; those that refer to his passion Mk ; , 12, 31; , 45; a, 21b, 41 ; and those that refer to his second coming Mk ; , 34; The 'Son of man' sayings form part of Jesus' idiolect , his unique way of assessing and interpreting his ministry and life Hurtado Van Aarde calls 'son of man' a subversive saying of Jesus, developed into the titular attribution of honouring or renouncing Jesus as 'Son of man'.

Authority and enthronement. The earthly group of sayings applies the title to Jesus when he claims that the Son of man has the authority on earth to forgive sins Mk and exercise authority over the Sabbath because the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath Mk The two sayings of Jesus have in common that it was preceded and initiated by a challenge to Jesus' authority. Firstly, Jesus heals a paralytic when he responds to the man's faith by saying, 'Son, your sins are forgiven' Mk The scribes judge Jesus' words to be blasphemous because God alone can forgive sins Mk ; Luz Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven', or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'?

But so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralytic, 'I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home'. Mk Bystanders respond to the miracle with the observation, 'We have never seen anything like this!

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Secondly, Jesus and his disciples go through the grainfields on the Sabbath and they pluck heads of grain because they are hungry, leading to the Pharisees' remark that the disciples are doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath Mk Jesus responds by reminding them how David and his companions consumed the bread of the Presence when they were hungry, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat Mk By emphasising his humanity with this term that in its Aramaic form would have reminded his listeners of Ezekiel's description of himself as a 'son of man', a fallible, mortal being that stands before the sovereign God in contrast to Daniel's 'one like a son of man' being appointed as ruler of the cosmos, Jesus contrasts what his disciples see in him with what they experience of him, that he heals and takes authority over the Sabbath and by implication, the Torah.

Eight of Mark's 14 Son of man sayings contain references to Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection Mk ; , 12, 31; , 45; a, 21b, 41 as a mode of self-reference Horsley Jesus will suffer as a human being but through his death he will be vindicated as the One returning to sit at God's right hand implying that God reveals himself through Jesus, or that Jesus is rising to enact judgement as McKnight argues, forming the heart of Christian apocalypticism, according to Van Aarde ; again demonstrating the clear agreement with the context of Daniel, of suffering and exaltation.

Moloney argues that Jesus used the term, 'the Son of man' to speak of himself at all stages of his life, based on Daniel to point toward God as the ultimate actor in the vindication of faithful yet suffering Israel Dn When Jesus uses the expression he makes sense of his life, death, and vindication, as 'anticipating his cruel end, he submitted to it, trusting that his unhappy fate was somehow for the good' Allison And as in Daniel 7 the final moment of vindication is not seen as something that would complety be experienced , but is displaced to the realm where God alone exercises control.

In the Synoptic Gospels the final parousia of the vindicating of the Son of man is also displaced to the 'close of the age' Mt ; Van Aarde In Mark Jesus starts teaching his disciples he continues in and that the Son of man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. A characteristic of these teaching is that Jesus refers to himself as the Son of man every time he warns his disciples about his coming persecution and death.

The arrest and conviction would lead to his death, but after three days he will rise again, proving his subsequent vindication, hinting that Daniel 7 was a fitting metaphor for Jesus' crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, within the context of suffering and exaltation Hardin The Son of man's humiliation at the hands of people will lead to his vindication in his resurrection, illustrating the phrase's function as a code word for Jesus humanity, combined with his elevatedness and divinity as the One sitting at the right hand of the Father Mk Mark narrates Jesus' transfiguration before Peter, James and John on a high mountain, when with dazzling clothes as a sign of a divine theophany he converses with Moses and Elijah.

In this way he connects the experience on the high mountain with the resurrection of the One who seems to be human but proves to be much more. In Mark he explains that Elijah has come to restore all things but they presumably those that also oppose the Son of man did to him whatever they pleased. Jesus responds by promising them that even though they will drink from the same cup that he has to drink they will suffer in the same manner as he will , notwithstanding he cannot grant them to sit at his right or left hand.

Although Jesus is a human being, his coming changes the tonality of being human. Mark narrates how Jesus and his disciples eat the Passover meal, ending in his announcement that one of them will betray him. It would have been better for that one not to have been born.

The phrase indicates his vulnerability, but he uses it in an ironic sense to demonstrate how his vulnerability leads to his vindication, as the suffering of the elect in Daniel 7 changes in meaning to become their justification, vindication and elevation.

Jesus' use of the term, 'Son of man' in this context suggests that he contrasts himself to 'the sinners'. In Mark Jesus warns that those who are ashamed of him and his words will find that the Son of man is ashamed of them when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels, alluding to Daniel ; and with Jesus assuming the identity of the One who all peoples, nations, and languages serve, allusions that comes from Daniel 7 Leim Verheyden shows the tension in these verses, namely between the purpose of the passage, which is apparently to announce the salvation of the elect Mk within the context of quotations from the Hebrew Bible , and mentions that one way to think about the tension is to give full emphasis to the result of the parousia as described in Mark , as inspired by the theophany of YHWH as described in the Day-of-YHWH traditions.

Here it is interpreted essentially as a salvific action, while Mark 's images are interpreted as metaphors.


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  • The question is the following: Of what are these verses metaphors? Are it of the Parousia as a day of judgement led by the Son of man, or as the theophany of the Son of man in which salvation for the elect is realised Verheyden ? Mark b contains a reading of Isaiah a that does not go back to the LXX. The combination of the two passages from Isaiah and the agreements with Joel suggest that Mark is the result of a freely formulated conflation of texts from the Hebrew Bible, and the result of the conflation is a quite different text Verheyden where the representations of the theophany of YHWH and the Day of YHWH have influenced each other, and they have several motifs and images in common.

    The coming of the Son of man is mentioned without any recourse to the description of a judgement, although it is expressed in terms of cosmic signs. The appearances of YHWH in the Hebrew Bible are located on earth, often on a mountain, and accompanied by a relatively natural event, usually a storm cf.

    Mk and its discussion above. In Mark 13 the Parousia is expressed in universalistic terms, which is particularly appropriate in the context of an apocalyptic discourse describing the theophany of the Son of man as an eschatological event Verheyden The entire universe will collapse Mk , but that is not important in itself.

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    It is the framework for the one thing that is important, which is the coming of the Son of man Mk , portrayed in conformity with Daniel Schweizer ; Vermes Mark is a part of Jesus' teaching about the coming destruction of the temple Mk , with its accompanying false prophets, persecution, wars, earthquakes, famines, and the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be Mk before the Son of man will come back with cosmic and catastrophic phenomena accompanying it Mk Zehnder interprets these characteristics of the Son of man as arguments for a divine status of the Danielic and Markan Son of man.

    The idea is created that the end that is ushered in with the coming of the Son of man will be an earth-shattering event Witherington Daniel sketches one like a son of man as a human representative empowered by God to overthrow all human powers and reveal God's glory by establishing God's reign Kleiber In Mark , however, the Son of man is not primarily interpreted as a ruler but rather as a saviour who sends out his angels to collect his elect from the suffering in this world Marcus Brandenburger In the recent past Du Toit suggested that scholars have reached a consensus that the last possibility is probable, namely that the referent is a person.

    In the context of Mark 13 it is made clear, however, that it refers to Jesus. The significance of the second coming of the Son of man is underlined by the hyperbolic use of language.

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    Witherington refers to Cyril of Jerusalem's opinion in his Catechetical lectures Psalm celebrates YHWH as the One who rides upon the clouds, a title taken over from the Canaanite storm god Ba'al who was known as the 'cloud rider' Payne By coming in the clouds, the Son of man is the One who belongs to the heavenly sphere Beasley-Murray ; Gnilka The clouds will at the same time conceal and reveal his glory Moloney The Son of man will descend from the heavenly regions symbolised by the clouds Mt ; ; Mk ; ; Lk He will send his angels to collect the elect from the whole earth, with the four winds taken as the four points of the compass.

    It is important to notice that this intervention is conceived by the evangelist as oriented to the salvation of the faithful rather than the judgement of sinners Collins That God's people are scattered is affirmed by Zechariah , and that God will gather the dispersed is promised in Deuteronomy ; cf. Is , 16; ; ; ; ; Ezk ; Mi ; Zch Schweizer argues from the fact that Mark uses the Greek translation of Zechariah , that the expectation of the coming of the Son of man that was important to the Early Church as a goal to which all of the signs were directed, would have been possible only in the Greek-speaking Christian church; the Hebrew text speaks of a scattering of Israel to the four winds, the exact reverse of the Greek translation's rendering.

    The phrase, 'from the end of the earth to the end of heaven', combines elements in a rather illogical blending Schweizer from Deuteronomy ; Collins translates it as 'from one end of the earth to one end of the sky'.