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Bibil Identifier bibil:247591
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) From Son of Man to Son of Adam—the Prophet Ezekiel in Targum Jonathan
Author Damsma, Alinda
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 15, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 23-43 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The ubiquitous vocative expression ‮בן־אדם‬‎ (literally 'son of man') in the Book of Ezekiel seems to underscore the prophet's status as a mere mortal. In contrast to the other ancient versions, Targum Jonathan to the Prophets interprets the word ‮אדם‬‎ as a proper noun, and renders the phrase accordingly as ‮בר אדם‬‎ 'son of Adam'. This translation runs counter to the Targum's conventional practice of rendering ‮בן־אדם‬‎ with ‮בר אנש(א)‬‎. In the absence of a satisfactory grammatical explanation for the divergent rendering, this article examines the possibility that the Targumist's eschewal of ‮בר אנשא‬‎ was motivated by doctrinal concerns. On the strength of the findings it is argued that ‮בר אדם‬‎ was a clever and subtle alternative for‮בר אנשא‬‎ because, depending on the context, the latter phrase could evoke associations with the Danielic Son of Man figure and the Son of Man Christology.
DOI 10.1163/17455227-01501001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Ezekiel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Text : Ancient Recensions and Versions : Targums : Targum Jonathan
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Son of Man
Pericopes Daniel 7
Terms בֵּן בן
אָדָם אדם
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