Original Research

A comparative-philosophical perspective on divine hiddenness in the Hebrew Bible

Jaco Gericke
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1400 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1400 | © 2015 Jaco Gericke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 December 2014 | Published: 10 June 2015

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Jaco Gericke, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Vaal Campus, South Africa


This study is concerned with the problem of divine hiddenness as it has taken shape in analytic philosophy of religion over the past two decades. More specifically, the interest lies with providing a comparative-philosophical perspective on the most fundamental assumptions of the problem in certain formulations and its responses against the backdrop of diverse yet related data in the Hebrew Bible. In doing so the aim is not to justify or critique any particular biblical or philosophical perspective on divine hiddenness but simply to identify and clarify some crucial differences in various relevant conceptual backgrounds.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: By way of pointing out a number of similarities and differences between concepts of divine hiddenness in the theologies of the Hebrew Bible and in a specific formulation thereof in analytic philosophy of religion, this article not only reveals some neglected specifics of the historical variability of an important theological idea but also suggests taking caution when appealing to alleged biblical precursors to contemporary philosophical-theological problems.


Divine hiddenness, Hebrew Bible, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative philosophy


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