By Blazenka Scheuer, Goeran Eidevall
After 25 years as a professor in outdated testomony exegesis on the college of Lund, Tryggve Mettinger made up our minds to retire. In his farewell deal with (which under no circumstances intended a farewell to the area of biblical studies), he gave an summary of his scholarly career—so a long way. The identify of this lecture (in English), “On the Enigmas of the Notions of God: document from a Scholar’s Life,” has been an immense resource of concept within the look for a name for the current quantity and displays the existence and profession of the liked professor.
The phrases “enigma” and “image” seize very important elements of Tryggve Mettinger’s profile as a biblical student. when you are familiar with his paintings, the alternative of the latter time period calls for no rationalization. As Tryggve emphasised in his retrospective speech, a number of of his books and articles relate to at least one overarching topic that has to do with photos: the examine of the biblical Gottesbild (the biblical concept of similar to God). during this connection, the be aware “image” refers within the first position to not pictorial representations yet to psychological pictures and social structures, to theological options and literary “imagery.” in spite of the fact that, iconography additionally lies in the scope of Professor Mettinger’s learn, no matter if a predilection for “aniconic” representations is clear. This statement could provide a hyperlink to the opposite notice that's incorporated within the name of this publication, “enigma.”
In his eagerness to appreciate the origins of the biblical prohibition opposed to photos, Mettinger launched into an research into aniconic cult as a typical trait of a number of Northwest Semitic cultures. all through his profession, he has been pushed by way of a powerful interest approximately unsolved riddles, coupled with a fit skepticism towards verified theories and “truths” in the box of biblical exegesis. All contributions to this quantity relate in a single method or one other to primary issues inside Mettinger’s wealthy work.
The essays awarded right here pay energetic tribute to 1 of the pivotal figures in outdated testomony stories up to now 3 a long time.