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The Transfiguration Of The Beloved Son

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In the heavenly voice from the cloud at the transfiguration, the Model Reader encounters a striking verbal allusion to Genesis 22, identical in form to the heavenly voice at the baptism. In 16:21-28 Jesus presented a theologia crucis while Peter showed himself enamored of a theologia gloriae. So too in the transfiguration: the voice's emphasis on the "beloved Son" would make the parallel perfect: although Jesus is glorified here, he is still the beloved Son like Isaac who must go his way to a sacrificial death before he receives what he refused at the temptation and will receive at the resurrection and ascension. One of the conclusions about the transfiguration and the role of the Akedah therein is that the Model Reader finds good reasons for seeing an allusion to Gen 22 in Matt 17:5 and hearing echoes of the Akedah.

Keywords: Akedah; beloved Son; Genesis; heavenly voice; Isaac; Jesus; model reader; transfiguration



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