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Prk’s thematic concerns: A theology of intimacy, humility and indulgence

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This chapter focuses its thematic analysis of PRK specifically on theology, pointing to some general trends in the way that PRK depicts God. What we will find is a theology of intimacy, humility and indulgence; PRK midrashim depict a God who is unassuming and down-to-earth, personal, forgiving and undemanding in His relations to humans. One of the claims of the chapter is that this down-to-earth indulgent theology is fairly new in the history of midrash. Related to this theology of a God who comes down to earth and takes active and intimate part in human affairs is the notion of anthropomorphism. One of the most pronounced themes of the chapter in PRK is God's movement "from the attribute of justice to the attribute of mercy.

Keywords: anthropomorphism; humility; indulgence; intimacy; midrashim; PRK; theology



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