Traditional Christian theology tends to regard God in Greek, rather than Hebrew, terms.

Hebrew for Christians

Jesus spoke Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew.

But his root were God ordained: Hebrew.

Traditional Christian theology tends to regard God in Greek, rather than Hebrew, terms. Indeed, the word “theology” itself is Greek (not Hebrew) and refers to the “study of God” (θεός + λόγος), implying that God is an “object” that could be looked at, “analyzed,” and known as a “thing” or divine “substance.” To the ancient Greeks, the idea of God is disclosed through a process of intellectual abstraction — through “negative theology” (i.e., denying predicates of human language to the divine), and so on. Ultimately this led to the Greek ideal of God as an “Unmoved Mover,” an Immutable Divine Mind, and so on. Insofar as the early church embraced pagan Greek assumptions and thinking, its attempt at understanding God followed course, and even the study of the Scriptures became a kind of linguistic archaeology, where specimens (i.e., “texts”) were looked at, a taxonomy was created, and the entire system was displayed as a museum for the mind…
How different is the picture of God we see during Moses’ personal intercession on behalf of Israel, when he spoke “face to face” (i.e., panim el panim: פָּנִים אֶל־פָּנִים) with the LORD from the midst of the cloud. Here we see God “breathing deeply,” that is, expressing regret or feeling compassion in response to the actions of His sinful people (i.e., nacham: נָחַם). God is not some static object but rather a dynamic and forceful Person. Unlike the Greek philosophers who tended to regard God as little more than a “machine” (deus ex machina) or device that caused the universe to “get going,” the LORD God of Israel is intensely personal, feeling, emotional, compassionate, angry, and so on. The Hebrew view of God is that of a Living Person, a Speaking Word, and a Fiery Breath broods that over the events of the physical world.


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