The Hebrew Bible offers a great deal of diversity in its portrayal of God. God relates to the people of Israel variously as a parent, a spouse, or a king. God behaves, at times, as a bellicose warrior and, at times, as a wise lawgiver. Emotionally, God can be angry, jealous and vengeful, or loving, gracious and merciful. On the one hand, God is anthropomorphically embodied, but on the other hand, God is adamantly incorporeal. Moreover, while the embodied God is typically male, sometimes God possesses stereotypically female attributes. In this course, we will explore the diverse images of God with the goal of better understanding the biblical concept of the divine.
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