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Bibil Identifier bibil:247996
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Towards a Better Understanding of God’s Holiness: Challenging the Status Quo
Author Case, Andrew
Journal The Bible Translator (Volume: 68, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 269-283 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The standard understanding of God’s holiness is usually described as "separation," "transcendence," or "infinite purity." But when the usage of the term in certain contexts is scrutinized, Scripture reveals that it can mean "totally devoted." According to Isaiah, this devotion of God to his people manifests itself in social justice, rescue, and restoration. When this definition is compared with the role and nature of the Holy Spirit as comforter, teacher, etc., it makes much more sense that the Spirit is described as holy. Although it may not be possible to change traditional terms for holy in many language communities, there must be a creative effort to turn the tide toward a more biblical understanding.
DOI 10.1177/2051677017728565
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Holiness
Terms קָדוֹשׁ קדושׁ קדשׁ
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