“El Shadday” The God of many breasts. Gen 17:1
No, El Shaddai Does Not Mean 'God With Breasts' - The Christian Post
By Julia Blum November 28, By Julia Blum November 21, I adore this article. Since you have written this blog, have you come across new meaning of El Shaddai? Also, I was reading the comments. Please explain. Apparently, […].
Rooted in a very old poetic tradition, the divine name Shaddai occurs 48 times in the Hebrew Bible and has traditionally been translated as Almighty. The early patriarchs and matriarchs then would have perceived Shaddai as their chief god. One of the objectives of the priestly source P was to assimilate into Yahweh all of the patriarchal gods, including the Canaanite El, hence the compound name El Shaddai. However this proposition has been ruled out by more recent studies. Most of the biblical passages mentioning El Shaddai depict the deity as a fertility god giving blessings for ample progeny.
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author s. To be sure, this is not the first group to move in the direction of "gender-inclusive" language when it comes to the deity. As explained by Archbishop Antje Jackelen, a woman, and the head of this church, "Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human. That, of course, is true, and none of us think that God has biological sex or that His image is not found in women as well as men. At the same time, He revealed Himself to us as Father, He inspired the human authors of Scripture to refer to Him with male pronouns, and He is called Lord not Lady multiplied hundreds of times in the Scriptures.