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Bibil Identifier bibil:244470
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Fire and the Body of Yahweh
Author Grant, Deena E.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 40, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 139-161 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Although the Hebrew Bible preserves a strong tradition of aniconism, many verses speak of or imply Yahweh's anthropoid form. For example, throughout the Bible Yahweh's theophanic fire is associated with anthropomorphic representations of him possessing a body and/or interacting physically with humans. Israel's old poetry and prophetic literature portray divine fire as Yahweh's breath, mouth, and tongue. The Bible's narrative texts portray Yahweh using fire as a means to eat, transport, travel, speak, and see, similar to how humans use their mouths, arms, legs, and eyes. Therefore, while Yahweh's fire does not constitute the entirety of his self, like the human body, it is a means by which he interacts physically with the corporeal world.
DOI 10.1177/0309089215621240
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anthropomorphism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Fire
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : YHWH
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Theophany
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