Holy Hybridity. On the Role of Mixture in the Holy Sphere

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion

Abstract: The purpose of this essay is to explore the role of mixture in relation to holiness and separation. By examining the angelic hosts, specifically the cherubim, as hybrids, and how they relate to the holy realm and the divine, it investigates the association between holiness and hybridity. It utilizes a grammatical analysis of pertinent words and expressions to open up new possible meanings. The following theological reflection is further advanced by insights from the fields of anthropology and phenomenology, as well as theology. The cherubim as covering and dwelling place of YHWH infers the close connection between divinity and mixture. The findings suggest an understanding of separation as inherent in mixture, as part of the dynamics of holiness.

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