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Some Semantic Observations on Glory in the Hebrew Bible

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This chapter traces the tradition-history of Glory. The goals of the semantic analysis are: to indicate something of the meaning of the collocation "Glory of the Lord", and to lay preliminary groundwork for understanding "Glory of the Lord" as a technical term. Jan de Waard and Eugene Nida have helpfully sketched the semantic range of the word group. The phrase "Glory of the Lord" appears thirty-six times in the Hebrew Bible. The movement to and fro, up and down relates Glory to various spaces where Yahweh is thought to be (visibly) present i.e., Mount Sinai, the tabernacle, the temple, objects of the temple (chiefly the cherubim), the court of the temple and the city which houses the temple, Jerusalem. "Fire of the Lord" is most often syntactically associated with verbs of destruction. The construction "cloud of the Lord" relates to leading/guidance terminology.

Keywords: Eugene Nida; Glory of the Lord; Hebrew Bible; Jan de Waard; Jerusalem; Mount Sinai; semantic analysis



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