Bruno wrote: ↑
2 months ago
coccus ilicis wrote: ↑
2 months ago
Sadday does not mean almighty.
So from where does the notion of an almighty god
come from. Its source is human. Like Job, not understanding, we look for someone to blame when things don't go our way. 'Almighty God,' first appeared in the LXX in the third century BCE.
Coccus do you believe God isn't almighty or limitless in power?
We simply do not know what God is capable of or isn't. All we have is what is written and what we see around us. All the religious narratives and scientific theories that go beyond that are either conjectures and speculations or deliberate falsification. We know that YHWH/Jehovah means 'He comes to be.' And so the literal rendering of Jehovah God is He-comes-to-be God
. And the word God/el singular in the Bible refers to a sentient being that controls whether another sentient lives or dies. That is why human judges are called gods at Ps 82:6. One can speculate, but when speculation replaces what is written and believed, we fall into the trap that Job fell into, blaming God for his predicament.
Here is a bit of speculation of my own. If the account of Job is an analogy, then the explanation of Bildad, Zophar, and Eliphas represent the religious narratives of the three monotheistic religions, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. With Elihu representing the eleventh-hour workers or grains making up the two ears of wheat, the two witnesses, see posts 368 here
. It helps to re-read what Elihu says, from Jb 32:1 to Jb 37:24, and then re-read what Jehovah says, Jb 38:1 to Jb 41:34. Are these not the same questions occupying Bible forums and the physical sciences now? After Job hears what Jehovah says, he realizes he knows nothing.
Getting back to the notion of an almighty God. The notion that proposes that a single entity is omnipotent and controls everything. That may well be the case but it is not Jehovah.
And it came about to be the day when the sons of the true God presented themselves before Jehovah
. This rendering supports the notion of Jehovah being the almighty God. In reality, if one checks the parsing, the blue acronym under each word, it says... And there was a day when the sons of Gods presented themselves about Jehovah and the adversary came into their midst
... See Heb. interlinear Jb 1:6
. The preposition rendered before
and means about 'el - על
. The rendering of this verse we have today in our Bibles comes from the LXX Ps 1:6
, and was reinforced in the 5th century Latin translation, see Job 1:6 Latin Vulgate
Keeping in mind that YHWH/Jehovah God
means He comes to be God
. The issue before this heavenly assembly of Gods becomes clear. It concerns humankind paying homage to Jehovah, which occurs when God's name, Jehovah, is sanctified among them and his will is done on earth as it is in heaven. At that time He-comes-to-be-God, (Mt 6:9,10).
The 82nd Psalm is about human gods who have the power of life and death over other humans. Check the interlinear and the parsing under each word, Ps 82:1
. Jesus referred to this Psalm when his detractors were about to stone him (Jhn 10:24-36). Even though the LXX worded it differently, see LXX Psalm 82
, to support the notion of Jehovah being almighty, the Judeans Jesus addressed would have been familiar with the Hebrew words of this song and understood his reasoning perfectly.
The judicial assembly of this heavenly court is described in Daniel's vision thus ...And I kept on beholding until there were thrones place and the ancient of days sat down.
.. He then describes this ancient of days ...a thousand thousands thousands are ministering to him and ten thousand ten thousands ten thousands stand before him
, (Dan 7:9,10). The court/judgment was seated and books were opened
. From this, one gets the impression that this ancient of days presides over a body of Judges who judge according to what is written in books containing evidence (cf. Rev 20:4,11,12).
This ancient of Days, maybe the Rock Moses refers to at De 32:4 ...The Rock perfect is his activity. For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice
... The rock may be the moral compass of the universe that regulates the inviolable law of cause and effect, the measure for measure principle the Jesus spoke of at Mt 5:38; 7:1-5. But this is only conjecture about what is written. That is all that is known with any certainty at present, but I am surely looking forward to learning more.