By Blazenka Scheuer, Goeran Eidevall
After 25 years as a professor in outdated testomony exegesis on the college of Lund, Tryggve Mettinger determined to retire. In his farewell tackle (which not at all intended a farewell to the realm of biblical studies), he gave an summary of his scholarly career—so a ways. The name of this lecture (in English), “On the Enigmas of the Notions of God: document from a Scholar’s Life,” has been a major resource of thought within the look for a identify for the current quantity and displays the lifestyles and profession of the loved professor.
The phrases “enigma” and “image” seize very important elements of Tryggve Mettinger’s profile as a biblical pupil. in case you are conversant in his paintings, the alternative of the latter time period calls for no clarification. As Tryggve emphasised in his retrospective speech, numerous of his books and articles relate to at least one overarching topic that has to do with photos: the learn of the biblical Gottesbild (the biblical inspiration of a dead ringer for God). during this connection, the note “image” refers within the first position to not pictorial representations yet to psychological pictures and social buildings, to theological techniques and literary “imagery.” in spite of the fact that, iconography additionally lies in the scope of Professor Mettinger’s study, whether a predilection for “aniconic” representations is clear. This remark may supply a hyperlink to the opposite be aware that's incorporated within the name of this publication, “enigma.”
In his eagerness to appreciate the origins of the biblical prohibition opposed to pictures, Mettinger launched into an research into aniconic cult as a standard trait of numerous Northwest Semitic cultures. all through his profession, he has been pushed through a robust interest approximately unsolved riddles, coupled with a fit skepticism towards verified theories and “truths” in the box of biblical exegesis. All contributions to this quantity relate in a single means or one other to valuable subject matters inside of Mettinger’s wealthy work.
The essays provided the following pay vigorous tribute to 1 of the pivotal figures in outdated testomony reports in the past 3 many years.
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23 10 Enigmas and Images The anthropologies of Deuteronomic literature and the Eden narrative respectively also merit consideration. In Gen 2:7 YHWH God breathes into the human nostrils to give life. 31 Deuteronomic literature would not seem to symphathize with the idea of a divine capacity in every human. Rather to the contrary: a life in contact with God relies in Deuteronomic theology upon one’s ability to hear to and obey divine commands. ’ This term is his best argument for reading the story as a test of human obedience to divine decrees—the feature that most explicitly links it to Deuteronomic theology.
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