Title

Theopathic or Anthropopathic?: A Suggested Approach to Imagery of Divine Emotion in the Hebrew Bible

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Comments

This article critically examines the view that figurative anatomical expressions of divine emotion should be dismissed as non-descriptive of God and suggests an alternative approach. First, since all available language is human language, the dismissal of figurative language for this reason is self-defeating. Second, the interpreter should not presume what God is like independent of the biblical data. Third, attention to the idiomatic usage of figurative anatomical expressions demonstrates that such idioms are not dependent upon the anatomical referent. Therefore, the interpreter should maintain the well-known meaning of an idiom as an analogical reference to God’s emotions (theopathism).

Journal Title

Perspectives in Religious Studies

Volume

42

Issue

4

First Page

341

Last Page

355

First Department

Theology and Christian Philosophy