Face פנים
(2,243 words)

I. Name

In quite a number of biblical texts the pānîm of YHWH is YHWH’s hypostatic Presence. Thus it serves the same function as ŠēmName’ in Deuteronomistic theology, KābôdGlory’ in the Priestly tradition, and Shekinah in later Jewish writings. By recourse to such concepts, the ancient Israelites were able to speak of the deity’s simultaneous transcendence and immanence.

II. Identity

Elsewhere in the ancient Near East, pan ‘face’ or ‘presence’ is also used in the sense of the p…

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C. L. Seow, “Face פנים”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Face>

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