Tuesday, June 23, 2020

El Shaddai as mother?

Significantly, one of the major theological perspectives that makes up the HB did understand Shadday as related to childbearing. David Biale points out that “all of the passages using El Shaddai in Genesis, with one exception, are fertility blessings.” Thus he argues that an early Israelite tradition “understood El Shaddai as a fertility god.” He demonstrated the point through a survey of passages from Genesis in which Shadday occurs (17:1–2; 28:3; 35:11; 48:3–4), all of which are blessings to be fruitful and multiply.—Christopher B. Hays in Divine Doppelgängers: YHWH’s Ancient Look-Alikes, 204

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