Son of Man

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Son of Man is an enigmatic expression in the Gospels for Jesus, perhaps characterizing Him as the best of the public in the history of the world. The term could be a mistranslation of "Son of Adam," thereby referring to how Jesus was a son (male descendant) of Adam. This meaning is suggested by Proverbs 8:31, where "sons of Adam" was translated by the KJV as "sons of men."

It is possible that its first use in reference to Jesus Christ is in the Book of Daniel, 7:13, in a prophecy of the Messiah:


I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.