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2144Re: [biblicalist] Re: Image of God

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  • George F Somsel
    Apr 1, 2012
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      וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם׃
      Dever has speculated on the basis of archaeological finds that Asherah may have been an integral part of Israelite religion.  I'm wondering whether this passage might be a remnant of the conception of the divine council as being bi-sexual  Man, i.e. humanity may here be represented as being in the image of God in being bi-sexual in nature  If so, this would represent an older stage of Hebrew religion before Yahweh alone was conceived as being the God of Israel and the sole God 
       
      george
      gfsomsel

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      > From: Jerry Shepherd <Jerry.Shepherd@...>
      >To: biblicalist@yahoogroups.com
      >Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:47 AM
      >Subject: RE: [biblicalist] Re: Image of God
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      >Hi George,
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      >Much of what you say here I would agree with. But I would like to emphasize that the traditional view of the composition of the Scriptures, is not pre-critical only. Both during the critical period, as well as today in a period that is somewhat post-critical, the more traditional view has many qualified academic proponents, though certainly with modifications. Additionally, not only compositional but tradition history comes into play.
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      >Jerry
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      >From: biblicalist@yahoogroups.com on behalf of George F Somsel
      >Sent: Sat 3/31/2012 11:28 AM
      >To: biblicalist@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: Re: [biblicalist] Re: Image of God
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      >That would depend upon your view of the composition of the scriptures (i.e., if your view is that traditional one-prior to the rise of critical views-you MUST view it as you state). I have decided that the critical view has the better of the argument on a number of grounds and thus am not restricted to that position. Some have argued that the final composition was quite late and based on Greek models. I think that is carrying things a bit too far, but I do think that the Captivity with its exposure to Zoroastrian views among the Persians did have an influence.
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      >george
      >gfsomsel
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      >defend the truth till death.
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