Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ehyeh asher ehyeh

When Moses heard the voice coming from the burning bush and asked for identification, the answer came back, "I Am Who I Am" or Ehyeh asher ehyeh, which according to Karen Armstong is a "Hebrew idiom to express a deliberate vagueness. In her book, A History of God, Armstrong says that when the Bible uses a phrase like "they went where they went," it means: "I haven't the faintest idea where they went." Armstrong notes that when Moses asked who he was, God's reply was in effect saying, "Never you mind who I am!" or "Mind your own business!"

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