Son of man
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that originated in Ancient Mesopotamia
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, used to denote humanity or self. The phrase is also used in Judaism
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. The phrase used in the Greek, translated as Son of man is ὁ υἱὸς τοὺ ἀνθρώπου. As an idiom for the future human, it can be translated gender-neutrally as offspring of Mankind, or Man's child.
The most common use is similar to that of the English word "human." For example:
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XXI.13: MT שיא (Gen.