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The expression "son of man" in the Jesus tradition: A develop-ment from agrarian culture to a scribal contextThe aim of the article is to show that Jesus used the expression "son of man" generically, meaning "humankind". This generic use developed into a "titular" usage in which his followers identified Jesus with the apocalyptic son of man. It is argued that Jesus' use of the expression "son of man" should be understood in the context of his subversive wisdom and the "little tradition" ofdoi:10.4102/hts.v58i4.710 fatcat:vmrrcezdbjcchfqakfleqvfx64