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Title: Does the Figure of the «Son of Man» Have a Place in the Eschatological Thinking of the Qumran Community
Author(s): XERAVITS, Géza
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Date: winter 2001
When approaching a particular theological issue (or one in any other discipline) the first important thing is to define the problem and its main elements as clearly as possible. The ancient Latin saying held: qui bene distinguit, bene docet. This saying becomes even more important if one faces a question, which has an extremely complicated background and history. In general terms, the question of the messianic expectations of intertestamental Judaism is one of the most intricate problems that can be found in the theologies of both Testaments. Before a more extensive treatment of our issue, however, it is necessary to comment first on the etymological inconsistencies of the term ‘messianism’.