God’s ‘Repentance’ In Light Of The Covenantal Relationship Between שׁוּב And םחנ In Jeremiah 18:1−10 -- By: Allen Bythel Marsh
Conspectus 26:1 (September 2019) p. 114
God’s ‘Repentance’ In Light Of The Covenantal Relationship Between שׁוּב And םחנ In Jeremiah 18:1−101
Jeremiah 18 Repentance Potter Clay Covenant Relationship
About The Authors2
Allen Bythel Marsh
PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary (graduating October 2018).
PhD (University of Durham) Bill is a Biblical scholar and a Senior Academic at the South African Theological Seminary. He is also a research associate at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.
This article: https://www.sats.edu.za/marsh-domeris-gods-repentance
This article addresses the relationship between two Hebrew verbs found in Jeremiah 18:7−10 that may shed light on the subject of God’s ‘repentance’, especially when the Hebrew verbs words are viewed from the context of the covenant. We see that the main point of the passage shifts from the potter’s unilateral control and sovereignty over the clay to the flexibility of the potter to work with his clay. The significance is that in this covenantal context, the author(s) used שׁוּב (shub) and נָחַם (nacham) to demonstrate that God sometimes, but not arbitrarily, relents in response to the decisions of his people, meaning that the response of the nation had an influence on God’s actions.
Conspectus 26:1 (September 2019) p. 115
The concept of the ‘repentance’ of God makes for an interesting roundtable discussion among scholars. If it were not for the numerous examples in the Old Testament that portray God as having changed his mind or relented, it would be easier to simply overlook these texts or classify them as nonconsequential in the grand scheme of theology. It was, however, this recurring pattern that piqued my curiosity enough to draw a seat to the table. Nowhere is the concept of God’s relenting better exemplified than in Jeremiah 18:7–10. Here, repentance is illustrated by the usage of the Hebrew verbs שׁוּב (shub) and נָחַם (nacham). The first verb, שׁוּב (<...
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