The Numinous as the Holy One

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The worshiper encounters God as the Holy One, who is beyond rational comprehension. There is a quality to this encounter that transcends revelation in terms of language, symbols, or concepts.

The Sense of the Numinous

The biblical worshiper experiences the holiness of God-holiness, not in the moralized sense of that which is perfectly good, but holiness in the primitive, generic sense of that which is "separated, set apart. " This is the underlying meaning of the Hebrew root q-d-sh as the...


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