God_As_Character - Bible As Literature Bible Lecture 14...

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Bible As Literature Bible As Literature Lecture 14 2/22/10
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Administrative* Administrative* Quiz 3 today Netid Last name, first initial Quiz 4 is scheduled for Monday, Mar 8 RA 2 will be posted on Friday, Mar 5 Due on Monday, Mar 15 David Story
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God as Character God as Character
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Why significant? Why significant? Concept of Covenant in Hebrew Bible and Israelite religion requires seeing God as “something like” a person. As person, God only known through narrative: stories of how that person acts in history. How might we understand, then, God as a person?
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Anthropomorphic Images Anthropomorphic Images Representation of God with human characteristics. Assigning corporeal features to God Representing God as engaged in human activities God “walks” in the Garden at evening God “speaks” to humans
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Anthropopathic Images Anthropopathic Images Representation of God as having human experiences and emotions “I hate, I despise your festivals” (Amos 5:21) “When Israel was a child, I loved him. . . How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel?. . .My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. I will not execute my fierce anger.” (Hos 11:1, 8) God can be said to experience regret “And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Gen 6:6)
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Divine Justice Divine Justice “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he…” -Deuteronomy 32:3-4
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God and Human standards God and Human standards The Problem of the “Justice” of God
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Example 1: Exodus Example 1: Exodus
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