A Metaphorical Perspective on Roles of God in the Old Testament

A Metaphorical Perspective on Roles of God in the Old Testament

Robert Stallman / Feb 19, 2020

A Metaphorical Perspective on Roles of God in the Old Testament The Bible presents God a wide variety of human roles In the twenty third psalm David wrote The Lord is my Shepherd and He leads me beside quiet waters The first phrase is clearly metaphorical but wh

  • Title: A Metaphorical Perspective on Roles of God in the Old Testament
  • Author: Robert Stallman
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  • Page: 180
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  • The Bible presents God a wide variety of human roles In the twenty third psalm David wrote, The Lord is my Shepherd and He leads me beside quiet waters The first phrase is clearly metaphorical, but what about the second In both cases it seems that something is being said about the character of God in relation to David, something that depends on David s knowledge ofThe Bible presents God a wide variety of human roles In the twenty third psalm David wrote, The Lord is my Shepherd and He leads me beside quiet waters The first phrase is clearly metaphorical, but what about the second In both cases it seems that something is being said about the character of God in relation to David, something that depends on David s knowledge of what a shepherd is and what a shepherd does with the flock How do these kinds of insightful metaphors actually work in biblical literature What is entailed in making sense of them Is there something going on that is greater than what can be expressed in plain language What happens in the minds of attentive readers who meditate on these descriptions This book is the first part of a 1999 doctoral dissertation in biblical studies by Robert Stallman titled Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch A Metaphorical Perspective on God as Host The aim of the study is to explain how the first five books of the Hebrew Bible depict God in the role of a Host who provides food Yet before it engages the biblical texts themselves, the study develops a methodology for studying these rich, personal metaphors Grounded in philosophy and biblical theology, this methodology can be applied to virtually any role of God in the Bible Here in this book are the first three chapters of that dissertation, offered to lead others into greater appreciation of the fruitful potential of metaphorical language for God in the Bible.

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