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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi

Volume 3- Studies in Intertestamental, Extra-Canonical, and Early Christian Literature-

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Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This is the third of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi. Volume 3 of Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi is a collection of articles discussing the latest findings in a variety of theological subjects related to the Bible as received and interpreted in the Orthodox Church tradition. Scholars from around the world have contributed their recent findings in the field of their research and teaching in this volume.
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Does the Biblical Qadosh Lead to a Hypostatic Personhood?

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The idea of the holiness of a person is deeply rooted in biblical faith, especially in the Christian church. In view of this, God is called and experienced as the personal and holy being1 par excellence. Since the biblical God is the only foundation of true holiness, it follows that only he can state: “Be holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44, 45; 1 Peter 1:16). Bearing in mind that man was created “in the image” of the holy God, it is not surprising that the church has a well-developed sensitivity for the holiness of the human person. For the church, any sin committed against the sanctity of the human person simultaneously represents a sin against God himself (regardless of intention or explanation).

What exactly would “Be holy, because I am holy” mean if we were to examine it within its original context, detached from subsequent notions of holiness? Apart from the ethical meaning (which is emphasized in the biblical tradition), can the notion of holiness also contain a personalistic meaning (which is implied)? Let us examine these theological questions in order to ascertain their effect on anthropology and ecclesiology.

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