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date: 16 May 2021

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According to some scholars, the God of the Hebrew Bible has a “dark side.” Since this God is sometimes described as a parent, husband, king, or warrior, we must therefore ask, What kind of father is Yahweh shown to be? What kind of husband and king? The way in which the deity is presented also depends upon who is doing the presenting—and to which readers. Who does Yahweh say he is? Who do other characters say he is? Who do the narrators show him to be? And, who do (and should) wereaders say that Yahweh is? After addressing these questions, the chapter concludes by considering whether the various characterizations of Yahweh in his various roles constitute a coherent representation of a “round” character, and why this character has so many problematic features.

Keywords: God, Yahweh, character, dark side, judgment, Hebrew Bible, Genesis, divine, deity, justice

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