Yahweh of the Bible : theology



The character Yahweh of the Hebrew Bible should not be confused with the god of western theological speculation (generally denoted as “God”). Qualities attributed to the latter by theologians— such as omniscience and immutability— simply are not attributed to the biblical character Yahweh by the biblical narrators. Yahweh is often surprised by the actions of humans and is known to change his mind and adjust his plans in response to what he learns about human nature and behavior. Accordingly, one of the greatest challenges for modern readers of the Hebrew Bible is to allow the text to mean what it says, when what it says flies in the face of centuries of theological construction of the concept “God”

Christine Elizabeth Hayes, Introduction to the Bible, The Open Yale Courses Series



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