Divine Anthropomorphism

Adam W. Jones, ‘Philo’s Influence on Understanding Divine Anthropomorphism,’ Evangelical Quarterly . Jan 2020, Vol. 91 Issue 1, pp. 50-65.

  • Abstract: “Divine anthropomorphisms are prevalent in the Old Testament. Authors of Old Testament works seemingly had no reservations with using human qualities to describe God. During the Second Temple period Greek philosophy began to influence the interpretation of texts that describe God using anthropomorphisms. This shift in understanding God is evidenced in translation tendencies in the Septuagint and in Philo’s reading of Hebrew Scripture. The elements of proto-Gnosticism found in Philo’s writings are at times closely related to his interpretation of anthropomorphism. Since Philo’s understanding of such figures of speech has been the historic majority view, it is important to evaluate his method of interpretation to determine whether this understanding of divine anthropomOrphism is rooted i Scripture or his philosophical tradition.”