We have just received an advance copy of The Son of Man in the Parables of Enoch and in Matthew by Leslie W. Walck, another volume in the Jewish and Christian Texts Series. There are a number of translations of the Book of Enoch, within which the Parables are found, though there are a few books that actually analyse it, especially in the context of the Son of Man theme.
Leslie W. Walck examines all the relevant passages that include the term “Son of Man” in both Matthew and the Parables of Enoch. Walck discusses the meaning and origin of the term “Son of Man” and deliberates over the possible influence of the Par. En on Matthew.
Walck examines the date, provenance and social setting for both texts and suggests that Matthew could have known Par. En. He employs various criticisms (i.e. literary, redaction, sociological and narrative), offers sets of characteristics of the Son of Man in both texts, conducts brief examination of the other Gospels, deliberates over similarities in vocabulary, as well as in the pattern of relationships – all these developments and suggestions make this line of thought intriguing and bring fresh conclusions to the on-going discussion in the field.
As I just mentioned – we have received an advance copy of this volume, though it won’t be too long before you can read this book as it is already available in the US. Readers in the UK will be able to purchase Walck’s book in June. I am sure you all will find it a fascinating read.