By Barbara E. Bowe
Biblical Foundations of Spirituality bargains seekers information on what to learn, the way to learn, and why to learn the Bible as a resource of non secular nourishment. trained by means of the most recent scholarship, this publication makes the Bible extra intelligible and _user friendly_ for modern audiences by means of stressing the non secular size of the quest for God glaring in our biblical ancestors and exhibiting how the Bible could be a good friend and significant other in our look for God this present day.
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4. Have your images for God changed over time? What factors contributed to these changes? 5 . Why, do you think, does the Bible contain so many different ways of speaking about and naming God? 6. Muslims pray with the ninety-nine names of Allah. How would you compose your own list of ninety-nine names for the God who has touched your life and called you to follow? Notes 1. Quoted in Alister E. McGrath, Christian Spirituality: An Znrroduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999), 118. 2. De Diwinih N i m i n i h 1, 2, quoted in Elizabeth A.
This fundamental affirmation about the character of God highlights God’s motherly compassion, God’s womb love. Over a hundred times, the biblical writers reiterate this feminine image of God through the use of the gender-specific term-womb-to describe God’s compassion, mercy, and tenderness. So, for example, Moses can remind the Israelites: “Because the LORD your God is a merciful [rahum] God, he will neither abandon you nor destroy you; he will not forget the covenant with your ancestors that he swore to them” (Deut 4:31).
Quoted by Philip F. : Ave Maria, 1988), 2. 8. By using the traditional terminology for God, I choose convenience of expression over other concerns. At the same time, I fully agree with those who reject this word or who choose to spell it in its hyphenated form “G-d” as a way to demonstrate both its inadequacy and its sometimes idolatrous use. Chapter 2 discusses in more detail the problem of language for God and suggests criteria for discerning the adequacy of our God language and images. 9. See Joann Wolski Conn, “Toward Spiritual Maturity,”in Freeing Theology: The Essentials of Theology in Feminist Perspective, ed.
Biblical Foundations of Spirituality; Touching a Finger to the Flame by Barbara E. Bowe