Saturday, July 6, 2013

Another Anonymous 4th Century Writer on אִישׁ in Genesis 32

Although Abraham saw him, yet he saw him in the form of a human body, by which, of course, it was shown that He would come for mankind at the latest times. He appeared to Jacob also, in one place as an angel, in another also as a human being. And He revealed himself as an angel to indicate that he was announcing a great counsel, but in human shape, with whom Jacob is even described as having wrestled, to show especially an image of the future struggle that He would have with Israel, when he had come as a human. But to trust in the Lord, with whom he was wrestling with such a great fight in the figure of a man, he received the name of Israel, that is man seeing God. As he said: 'I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.' [early Church Father in ]

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