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Love of/for God
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I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Christianity – IV. Judaism – V. Islam

I. Old Testament

1. God's love

The notion of YHWH's love (in Heb. primarily derivatives of the root אהב/ʾhb) for his people first appears in the book of the prophet Hosea, where God's love is cited as the “ground of divine election” (Jenni) in response to challenges to the election (I) of Israel by God (Hos 1:9). Hosea uses the image of a father's love (11:1; cf. also 11:4); despite …

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Schmitt, Hans-Christoph, Morgen, Michèle, Stock, Konrad, Avemarie, Friedrich, Necker, Gerold and Radtke, Bernd, “Love of/for God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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