Browsing Volume 4 (2015) by Subject "Hebrew Verb"
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ItemThe Niphal of the Hebrew Verb נחם and Its Reception in Early Jewish Sources(2015) Staalduine-Sulman, Eveline vanIn one Biblical chapter, I Sam. 15, two contradictory things are said concerning God: He repents that He made Saul king over Israel (vv. II and 35) and He is no human being that He repents (v. 29). This contradiction is in itself worth investigating, but the thought that the Almighty God could feel remorse or have a change of mind is intriguing too. Can we state that God – with features such as omniscience, omnipotence, and immutability – can repent? Because this is a dogmatic question, we will not be able to answer it. But this article will provide elements for the discussion of such questions in systematic theology.