In His Own Image and Likeness: Humanity, Divinity, and by W Randall Garr

By W Randall Garr

This e-book is set not anything lower than Genesis 1, or human production. Humanity, the writer convincingly argues, is created in the Priestly culture as a substitute of God's divine neighborhood; human production marks the decisive second that P's God separates himself from different gods and institutes monotheism.

After discussing the references of God's self-inclusive but plural first individual speech and studying the ramifications of this speech development in different biblical texts, Randall Garr discusses the divine-human courting because it is represented via rigorously analysing the prepositions and nouns that signify it. After highlighting a few subject matters and theological suggestions elaborated in Gen 1, it truly situates the construction of humanity in the programmatic schedule of the Priestly culture.

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B. 27 Joseph Derenbourg and Hartwig Derenbourg, Opuscules et traités d’Abou ’l-Walid Merwan ibn Djanah de Cordoue (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, ) ; and Nahum M. Sarna, Genesis (The JPS Torah Commentary; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, ) . ”30 Regardless of its specific value, though, these interpretations fundamentally agree that nonliteral äáä is willful, manipulative, and goal-oriented. äáä is a suasive particle. 32 To this extent, äáä may also serve an affiliative function.

This page intentionally left blank   GOD AND THE GODS This page intentionally left blank   THE PLURAL PRONOUNS With few exceptions, the Israelite deity is a grammatically singular entity. In J, for example, singular pronouns—whether independent or affixed—regularly substitute for nominal designations of God. , :, :–). But this grammatical feature is not limited to J. , : (E), Ex :– (P), Dt : (D), or Ex : =Dt :–. Regardless of documentary source or grammatical person, God is a singular pronominal entity in Biblical Hebrew.

Cf. Wenham, VT  []: –). 66 For a representative sample, see Sean E. McEvenue, The Narrative Style of the Priestly Writer (AnBib ; Rome: Biblical Institute Press, )  n. ; Propp, VT  ():  n. ; and Carr, “Β βλο̋ γεν σεω̋ Revisited: A Synchronic Analysis of Patterns in Genesis as Part of the Torah,” ZAW  (): –. . 68 See Childs, “Retrospective Reading of the Old Testament Prophets,” ZAW  (): –. Note also Moshe Weinfeld, Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomic School (Oxford: Oxford University Press, )  n.

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