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Bibil Identifier bibil:204414
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) What is an אֵל? A Philosophical Analysis of the Concept of Generic Godhood in the Hebrew Bible
Author Gericke, J.W.
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 21-46 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the Hebrew Bible words like אֳלהִים אֵל and אלוה are often encountered in the generic sense as a classification o fthe type of entity יהוה and other related beings were assumed to be. But what, according to the Hebrew Bible, was meant by calling something an אֵל? Is it possible to define the phenomenon of generic אֵל-hood? What were assumed to be necessary and/or sufficient conditions for being classified äs a member of the אֳלהִים? What criteria were, used to determine whether an entity should be called an אֵל or not? In this paper the author provides an introduction to the concept of generic אֵל-hood in the Hebrew Bible with reference to perplexing questions involved in its understanding, related research and the gaps therein and the need for philosophical (conceptual) analysis in future inquiries.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Names of God
Terms אל
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