Naming God

“The Christian trinitarian doctrine of God is no longer considered [by Jews] a violation of biblical monotheism. The God whom Jesus worshped and proclaimed was, of course, the one God of Israel, and the trinitarian doctrine of the church does not ‘associate’ something else to this one God, but claims that the one God is one with his revelation in Jesus, as the Hebrew Bible taught that the transcendent God is present in the world through his name, glory (kavod), and his wisdom.”

–Wolfhart Pannenberg, in Jews and Christians: People of God (p. 183).

This argument is quite similar to the account Wright gives in JVG of the historical movement from Israel’s monotheistic confession to the Church’s trinitarian confession: even within the original confession, there was always a strange pendulation between God’s immanence and transcendence, presence and absence, which was confirmed by Scripture’s puzzling way of speaking about God’s Torah, wisdom, Shekinah, etc., all of which are ways of God’s speaking or being present without ever ceasing to be utterly transcendent.

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