Son of God
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I. Name

The title ‘Son of God’, ascribed to Jesus in the NT, reflects a common ancient Near Eastern notion according to which the king could claim divine descent. The idea is also found in the OT. In relation to Jesus, the title eventually became associated with such concepts as divinity and preexistence.

II. Identity

In the entire Near East, the king could be called ‘Son of God’ or even ‘God’. Pharaoh was the ‘Good God’ (Moret 1902: 296). The first of the five ‘great names’ which he received up…

Cite this page
J. Fossum, “Son of God”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>

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