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The Names of God in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: A Basis by Máire Byrne

By Máire Byrne

This e-book deals a welcome strategy to the growing to be want for a typical language in interfaith discussion; fairly among the 3 Abrahamic faiths in our glossy pluralistic society. The ebook means that the names given to God within the Hebrew Bible, the hot testomony and the Qur'an, may be the very foundations and construction blocks for a standard language among the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths. On either a proper interfaith point, in addition to among daily fans of every doctrine, this ebook allows a extra fruitful and common figuring out and recognize of every sacred textual content; exploring either the commonalities and alterations among every one theology and their person receptions. In a pragmatic software of the methodologies of comparative theology, Maire Byrne exhibits that the titles, names and epithets given to God within the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam give a contribution in the direction of comparable photos of God in every one case, and elucidates the significance of this for offering a achievable start line for interfaith discussion. >

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Even if this were the most credible explanation, ‘power’ is not reflected in the Hebrew usage of the term. The Hebrew language demonstrates several adjectival uses of the term Elohim in which a person or thing is said to be identical with, or belonging to, Elohim. These ascriptions elevate the designated entity higher than the normal level of humanity and situate it on an almost ‘superhuman’ level because in some way, such as in its power or size, it surpasses what is regarded as normal. 40 In summary, Elohim as a designation of YHWH characterized him as the absolute God.

44 The names are divided into two categories: the names of the Essence (adh-dhāt), 18 The Names of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam such as Allāh, and the names of the Qualities (aṣ-ṣifāt), such as ar-Raḥīm. 180). The names consist of those that have been revealed directly in the Qur’an; others are derived indirectly from certain passages in the Qur’an, and others are traditional but not derived from the Qur’an. ’46 Frequently the texts of the Hebrew Bible raise objections to any ideas that God can be comprehended fully through images of him as father, king, judge, and so forth.

The word also 34 The Names of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam possesses the meaning of ‘bringing into existence’ in several passages (Isa. 1; Ezek. 13, 15). It is not surprising that this term, with its distinctive emphases, is used most frequently to describe the creation of the universe and the natural phenomena (Gen. 3, and so forth). The uses of the term in this sense present a clearly defined theology. The magnitude of YHWH’s power is exemplified in creation. This has implications for the weak (Isa.

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