Transfigured Hermeneutics—Part 4: Jesus as God’s Glory Face in John’s Gospel


Alastair's Adversaria

The fourth part of my ten part treatment of the Transfiguration and Christian reading of Scripture went online earlier today on Reformation21.

The claim in John 1:18–‘no one has seen God at any time’–is a statement that needs to be qualified (cf. Exodus 24:10-11, which explicitly says that Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel ‘saw’ the God of Israel). Exodus 33:20 helps us to clear up what might be meant here. No one can see God’s ‘face’ and live, while Moses could see God’s back. Ezekiel saw the figure of a ‘likeness with the appearance of a man’ (the accumulation of phenomenological terms is important here, serving as linguistic veils at points beyond which direct expression dare not tread) in Ezekiel 1:26-28. However, while the body is described both above and below the waist, no description of the face is given. Moses saw the…

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