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By Brian C. Howell

in the course of the Bible, divine interplay with humanity is portrayed in virtually embarrassingly human phrases. He sees, hears, thinks, feels, runs, rides chariots, laughs, wields guns, provides delivery, or even repents. lots of those expressions, taken at face price, appear to run afoul of a lot classical theology, together with divine simplicity, transcendence, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and particularly immutability.

Traditionally, those texts were obvious as “accommodations” to human highbrow and ethical boundaries. that's, they have been deemed as giving God a extra approachable believe, yet no longer as representing any “real” a part of his personality, being, or interplay with humanity. for instance, references to God seeing or listening to are usually not deemed to symbolize genuine acts, as God already understands everything.

However, this view is essentially in line with an Aristotelian notion of metaphors as rhetorical units, no longer cars that hold any fact content material. because the Seventies, the certainty of the way metaphors show that means has taken nice strides. those advances can assist unencumber how divine action—often inadvertently flattened less than theological presuppositions—functions inside a textual content.

This booklet goals to discover the biblical metaphor of divine sight and the way present understandings of metaphorical functionality can enhance our analyzing of the textual content and its theology.

“Learned and lucid, this high-quality paintings explores the character of anthropomorphic language in Scripture and Christian theology. What it skill to explain God in human phrases has lengthy been arguable, yet this booklet tackles the problems in an irenic and scholarly means. utilizing smooth insights into metaphors, Howell examines the locations in Genesis the place God is related to determine to provide a such a lot illuminating dialogue that biblical students and systematic theologians usually are not overlook.”
—Gordon Wenham, Trinity collage, Bristol

In the Eyes of God stands proud as an attentive piece of theological research. right here we discover a clean reaction to the problem of divine metaphors within the Bible. . . . This insightful monograph contains the dialogue on divine metaphors ahead, with shut recognition to express examples from the biblical textual content. it will stay a tremendous paintings within the box and one i'll visit back and again.”
—Heath A. Thomas, Southeastern Seminary

“One of the thorny concerns in discussions of spiritual language has to do with metaphor. they're all over the place in Scripture, and infrequently used to consult God. . . . Brian Howell tackles this factor, drawing extensively on fresh philosophical paintings on metaphor and on non secular language, in addition to upon bible study. by way of cautious exam of a few of the foremost concerns and their use in previous testomony narrative, he brings a clean viewpoint on long-standing theological problems.”
—Oliver D. Crisp, Fuller Theological Seminary

Brian C. Howell is a lecturer for the West of britain Ministerial education direction, and a contract author, lecturer, speaker, saxophonist, and track teacher.

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New PDF release: In the Eyes of God: A Contextual Approach to Biblical

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