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The Forgotten Divinity Of Creation: Suggestions For A Revision Of Old Testament Creation Theology In The 21st Century

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The Old Testament creation belief doesn't consider the creator of the earth as a maker but rather as an artist who leaves fingerprints on his work of art, namely the world. Numerous biblical texts reveal that for people of ancient Israel the numinous could also be experienced in the here and now and its appearances. These results implicate a need to rethink for theology; this provides options and new challenges for interreligious dialogues. Numinosity is understood as the mysterious charisma, innate to a factor gifted with divine might and fraught with supernatural power. The list of examples is to be completed: through sea and rivers, mountains, cliffs and stones, the whole fauna, forces of nature and weather, heaven and luminaries and even man himself the divine can be experienced in the created world.

Keywords: Bible writings; Orthodox hermeneutics; sacred scripture



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