Thank you for your response to my last post to you.
In that you state,"Despite the fact that Paul does not use Son of Man, but
does have Jesus involved with "clouds," might that indicate a use of Jesus and
Daniel 7:14 in which Jesus is Lord, rather than Son of Man?" The question
I have is this: Is it possible an allusion to Dan 7:14 is read into Paul via
Mark, Matthew, etc., linking Daniel's Son of Man and
Jesus? What if we did not have these post-Pauline writings, would we
be as likely to see an allusion to Daniel 7:14 in Paul's I Thess parousia
event. I think if we did not we might have reasoned that Paul's image
of the clouds comes from Psalmic references to heaven and the presence of
God. Thus Paul links Jesus the Lord with clouds to symbolize Jesus' divine
nature and heavenly medium, a la the Psalmic passages I mentioned in my last
post linking clouds with God.
In your post you request: "I would ask you to look
also at Didache 16:8 where once again we have the Lord and "clouds" in an
As I read Didache 16:6-8, I see a lot of Pauline
influence: sound of the trumpet, the resurrection of the dead, the coming of the
Lord, all the saints with the returning Lord. Only in 16:8, "Then
shall the world see the Lord coming on the clouds of heaven with him," is
there a departure from the Pauline scenario. At that point it looks like
the Matthean scenario was tied in.
Let me express my appreciation again to you
for your very helpful and, as always, insightful responses to the seminar
questions placed to you.