Re: [Synoptic-L] "hallowing the name"
- Following up on my own question, I see that the article in TDNT on hAGIAZW
(see below) points me to at least one author who supports the idea that
martyrdom was a special way of "hallowing the name", i.e., G.E. Moore
_Judaism_ Vol. 2 105 f.
The entry also cites Midrash on Ps. 16:2 (61a).
Is this Midrash on line anywhere?
The holiness of the name of God, i.e., of God Himself, is
particularly characterized by the expression “to hallow the name
(of God).” This is often found in prayers with God as subject:
“Hallow Thy name” (Tanna de-bē Elijjahu, 21, E), or, the same
in substance though not in expression: “Hallowed be Thy name,”
synonymous with “Glorified be Thy name.” The two latter terms
are found together at the beginning of the Kaddish prayer:
יִתְקַדַּשׁ וְיִתְגַדַּל שְׁמָךְ
רַבָּא “Hallowed and glorified be Thy great name.” “God
sanctifies His name by showing His holiness to the world,”36
and by forcing men to acknowledge His name. Quite often,
however, it is said of men, though usually only of Israelites, that
they hallow the name of God. They do this by “so living that men
must see and say that the God of Israel is the true God,” and
especially by obeying the will of God in keeping the commands of
the Torah and studying to achieve a blameless walk in the eyes of
the world. Thus the hallowing of the name (קִידּוּשׁ
הַשֵּׁם) is “the chief principle and motive of ethical
action in Judaism.”
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
1500 W. Pratt Blvd.
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