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Son of a man, daughters of men, or Son of Man, are phrases that can variously be found on a copy of the Sumerian King List, in the Hebrew Bible, and in the Christian Greek Bible. The expression may support the mythology of sons being born from gods, as proliferated in Greek mythology, by using the expression to contrast a son or daughter of a man as opposed to a son of a god.

MotifEdit

  • On the Sumerian King List tablet from Nippur (CM 2), a translation can be read as, "Ur[...], son of a man whose name is not known, ruled for 8 years."[1]
  • In the Hebrew Genesis account (Gen.6:4), the KJV reads, "the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men".[2]
  • In the Christian Greek Scriptures, the "Son of God"[3] is identified as Jesus, who is also referred to as the "Son of Man".[4][5] The expression Son of Man is a reference to the Gospel accounts of Jesus being born from mankind, namely Mary of Nazareth, a human woman.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Livius, http://www.livius.org/sources/content/anet/266-the-sumerian-king-list/
  2. blb.org, https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/gen/6/4/t_conc_6004
  3. Matt. 27:43 (NIV)—"He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.' ” "
  4. Luke 8:28 (NASB)—"So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me."
  5. Koine Greek, "ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου", literally "the son of the man."—Bromiley, Geoffrey W. (1995). International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: vol. iv, Q-Z. Eerdmans, p.574

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