Chapter

Introduction

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780198269502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces different metaphorical names for God in the Biblical literature and highlights the anthromorphic titles among them. Biblical anthromorphic titles can be classified into three registers: those appropriate to offices of governance, such as God is Lord, King, and Judge; those related to offices of service, in which God is Shepherd, Watchman, or Servant; and those representing offices of love — Father, Brother, or Son. It examines kinship imagery and kinship titles in the Bible. The chapter argues that the spirit of from in the anthropology of the early fathers was constrained by particular notions of human perfection. It concludes that metaphors of kinship open up an eschatological anthropology wherein a person's constant becoming is the way of being children of God.

Keywords: God; anthromorphic titles; governance; love; kinship imagery; offices of service

Chapter.  1690 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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