Religion Past and Present

Get access

Divine Action
(1,939 words)

[German Version]

I. Bible – II. Dogmatics – III. Philosophy of Religion

I. Bible

The discourse of divine action is one that is analogical, anthropomorphic, and related to history. It speaks of God's active, creative, judging, and saving being in his relationship to humankind and to the world, which was disclosed in the Christ event as love. Exegetically, three aspects are to be distinguished: 1. Biblical statements about an activity of God that is defined by its contents use the verbs עשׂה/'śh or ποιείν/poieín. This …

Cite this page
Schunack, Gerd and Mühling-Schlapkohl, Markus, “Divine Action”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲