TITLE

The First Professor of Biblical Philosophy

AUTHOR(S)
Glouberman, Mark
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Sophia;Sep2013, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p503
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The notion of a particular is what makes the Bible (the reference is to the Hebrew Scriptures) an original position in philosophy. (Particulars are self-contained spatio-temporal entities, and hence, though present in the system that is nature, are not essentially parts of it.) The early chapters of Genesis develop a comprehensive (anti-pagan) conceptualization of reality that gives particularity its due. Whether particularity can be secured without a fully extra-natural anchorage (i.e., without God) is a live issue. As the case may be, the philosophy of the Bible is not a footnote, not even a substantial footnote, to Plato. Plato's metaphysical discourse cannot handle the particular. An irreducibly different, ontological, discourse is needed for that. Having conceived the new notion (the act of conception is dramatized in the theophany of Genesis 12), Abraham, the philosopher of the paper's title, 'called...on the name of the Lord' (Genesis 21:33) to the men and women of the world. The particularity of God, I explain, not God's numerical uniqueness, is the essence of monotheism.
ACCESSION #
90065160

 

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