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11). Maimonides makes wide use of those verses in moment Isaiah to end up his element. See my ‘Image’, the place I point out that those verses are faraway from consultant of techniques to anthropomorphism all through Scripture, or even all alone they could hardly ever be taken within the Maimonidean experience. eight. anthropomorphism and its eradication 169 those were indexed through writers who've handled this topic. Our interpretation of the homiletic growth on Jacob’s Ladder in Bereshit Rabba23 definitely justiÀes including this passage to the checklist. despite the fact that, sooner than featuring that account we'll open with a partial parallel within the gospel of John: whilst Jesus observed Nathanael impending, he stated of him, ‘Here is a real Israelite, in whom there's not anything fake. ’ ‘How are you aware me? ’ Nathanael requested. Jesus spoke back, ‘I observed you once you have been nonetheless below the Àg tree ahead of Philip known as you. ’ Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you're the Son of God; you're the King of Israel. ’ Jesus stated, ‘You think simply because I informed you I observed you below the Àg tree. You shall see larger issues than that. ’ He then further, ‘I inform you the reality, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending at the Son of guy. ’ ( John 1, 47–51). 24 ‘Son of guy’ is the word Jesus borrowed from Ezekiel (cf. 2, 6 and so on. )25 to consult himself. The ‘greater issues’ which he predicts are a imaginative and prescient within which the heavens are opened, and the ‘angels of God’ ascend and descend upon Jesus. The imagery of angels ascending and descending among heaven and earth in actual fact connects this passage with Jacob’s Ladder in Genesis 28, 12:26 23 features of the dialogue during this half seemed in Friedman, 1994, 233–238. a number of students have advised that v. fifty one is a ‘detached announcing’ and never to be attached with the former verses (see Brown, 1966, 88–91). this doesn't impact the substance of our thesis, which bargains with this verse by myself. in addition, the thesis is questionable. Bernard, 1928, 66–67, makes a magnificent case for team spirit. a few of these suggesting detachment discuss with the change from moment individual singular to plural in addressing Nathanael. besides the fact that this happens inside v. fifty one itself, and is defined via Bernard: ‘Nathanael is just one of these who're to work out ‘the heaven opened and the angels ascending and descending,’ and so forth. ’ (ibidem, 66). 25 most likely via mediating literature (cf. Daniel 7, thirteen; 1 Enoch forty eight, 2; Odes of Solomon 38, 3). See additionally the wide dialogue in Kittel, vol. II, 400–77. 26 This connection was once already made by way of Augustine: ‘Scalam vera istam intellegitur ipse Salvator nobis in memoriam revocare in evangelio, ubi, cum dixisset de Nathanael: Ecce vere Israelita, in quo dolus non est, quia Israel viderat istam visionem—ipse est enim Iacob—eodem loco ait: Amen, amen, dico vobis, videbitis caelum apertum et angelos Dei ascendentes et descendentes large Àlium hominis’ (‘And really our Saviour himself is understood to have recalled that ladder to our minds within the Gospel (when he had acknowledged of Nathaniel: ‘Behold an Israelite certainly, in whom there's no guile,’ then simply because Israel had obvious that vision—for Israel is Jacob himself )—he persisted within the related speech: ‘Verily, verily, I say to you, you shall see the heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man’, De Civitate Dei, sixteen.