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Bibil Identifier bibil:207415
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Seeing God ‘in a riddle’ or ‘face to face’
Title (English, ) An Analysis of 1 Corinthians 13.12
Author Hollander, Harm W.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 32, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 395-403 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In his praise of the attitude of loving one another in 1 Cor. 13 Paul argues that ‘now we see in a mirror and in a riddle’ but at the eschaton we will see ‘face to face’ (v. 12). The implied object of ‘seeing’ is God. By introducing the image of a mirror Paul uses a well-known Hellenistic metaphor to describe the indirect, partial and incomplete nature of man’s knowledge of God. The expressions ‘in a riddle’ and ‘face to face’ are taken from Old Testament descriptions of Moses’ unique communication with God found in Num. 12.8 and Deut. 34.10.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X10365115
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Knowledge of God
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 13,2
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