By Barbara E. Bowe

Biblical Foundations of Spirituality bargains seekers information on what to learn, the best way to learn, and why to learn the Bible as a resource of religious nourishment. expert through the most recent scholarship, this e-book makes the Bible extra intelligible and _user friendly_ for modern audiences by means of stressing the religious size of the hunt for God glaring in our biblical ancestors and displaying how the Bible could be a good friend and significant other in our look for God this present day.

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A metaphor is the application of a word or phrase to an object or concept that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a comparison. A metaphor points toward, but does not encompass or define. With respect to naming God, metaphorical language gives only a glimpse, an intimation of some aspect of the nature or character of God, but metaphor does not limit or define God. To sing, or to say, “a mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing,” is to speak of God’s strength, God’s solid and firm presence, God as our protective refuge, a safe haven in times of need.

A metaphor is the application of a word or phrase to an object or concept that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a comparison. A metaphor points toward, but does not encompass or define. With respect to naming God, metaphorical language gives only a glimpse, an intimation of some aspect of the nature or character of God, but metaphor does not limit or define God. To sing, or to say, “a mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing,” is to speak of God’s strength, God’s solid and firm presence, God as our protective refuge, a safe haven in times of need.

Contemplative spirituality strives to live in such a way as to deepen the awareness of this unity and divine presence at the heart of the world. Traditionally in Christian history, contemplatives have searched for God both in solitude (hermetical tradition) and in communal settings (monastic tradition); they have been men and women who have separated themselves from ordinary society or who have lived their contemplative lives in the midst of the city. Their names are legion, but among the more well known of the contemplatives we should name Meister Eckhardt (1260-1327), Julian of Nonvich (1343-1415), and Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross (already mentioned above).

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