Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Creator of All עשׁה כל
(2,500 words)

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The Hebrew epithet coming closest to the concept Creator-of-All is עשׁה כל in Isa. 44.24. Yet this epithet in itself presupposes neither a creatio ex nihilo nor a rigid monotheism. In Jer. 10.16 (= Jer. 51.19) the God of Israel is called יצר הכל, literally ‘Shaper-of-All’ (REB: ‘Creator of the universe’). In Eph. 3.9 and Rev. 4.11 God is denoted as τὰ πάντα κτίσας, ‘Creator of all things’. Furthermore Col. 1.16 refers to Christ as the one in whom ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα, ‘all things were created’. So …

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M.C.A. Korpel, “Creator of All עשׁה כל”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Creatorofall>

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