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The wealthy tapestry of the construction narrative within the early chapters of Genesis proved impossible to resist to the considerate, reflective minds of the church fathers. inside them they discovered the start threads from which to weave a theology of construction, fall and redemption. Following their mentor, the apostle Paul, they explored the profound value of Adam as a kind of Christ, the second one Adam. The six days of construction proved particularly beautiful one of the fathers as a topic for remark, with Basil the nice and Ambrose generating recognized [email protected] equally, Augustine committed parts of 5 works to the 1st bankruptcy of Genesis. As in earlier volumes in the historical Christian statement on Scripture, the variety of remark contained in [email protected] spans from the 1st century to the 8th, from East to West, and from Greek and Latin audio system to Syriac. specifically important during this quantity is editor Andrew Louth's provide of Septuagintal substitute readings to the Masoretic textual content, that are frequently essential to knowing the fathers' movement of notion

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God in Dan 8 is elusive, hidden from the community, and operating at even greater distances than Dan 7 envisions. At the same time, however, divine anthropomorphism is not lost. It continues to maintain the tension between divine transcendence (in Dan 8, that transcendence is perceived as absence) and divine imminence with the subordinated community through the form 1 WILLIS Heavenly Bodies 37 and features of the interpreting angels. By the end of the ¿nal revelation, however, not only is the body of God divorced from the body of the king, but also the divine body is completely divorced from all political institutions.

63. The “chief of the host” mentioned in Dan 8:11 is not God, in my view, though Collins, Daniel, 333; Goldingay, Daniel, 210; P. L. Redditt, Daniel (NCBC; 1 30 Bodies, Embodiment, and Theology of the Hebrew Bible Neither are there any human metaphors, as distinct from anthropomorphic representation, to describe the activity and agency of the Most High. This absence is all the more striking, since the little horn’s ¿erce face evokes and invites comparison to the benevolent divine countenance of Num 6:25–26; yet this comparison is not explored and the Most High does not even enter the chapter until the very end.

Daniel 7 also draws on Ezekiel’s explicit theophany to articulate issues of divine power, justice, and presence with the Jewish community. Daniel 7:9c is dependent upon Ezekiel’s humanized form for God and the wheeled throne surrounded by ¿re. Moreover, the four beasts may be 50. See John J. , The Book of Daniel, 121–36. 51. Eilberg-Schwartz, God’s Phallus, 78. 52. Mosca, “Missing Link,” 501 n. 26. 54 Functionally, both the cherubim of Ezekiel and the beasts are associated with the divine throne.

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