Martin Buber

Martin Buber

Martin Buber

Martin Buber

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In the year of the death of King Uzziah, Isaiah the prophet beheld the throne of God, and the host of seraphim ranged about it. Each called to the other the thrice-spoken Holy. It is then, amid the experience of having seen God with his own eyes, that Isaiah observes his own corruption and unworthiness.

In The Idea of the Holy, Rudolf Otto argues convincingly that the development of man's response to God is made in terms of the holy. The constellation of terror, awe, infinite distance, dangerous proximity, and power constitutes the primary phase of awareness. Moses casts the foreskin into the face of the angel of heaven; Moses and Joshua remove their shoes on sacred ground; Uriah dies when he touches the ark. These attest to the activity of the holy--direct, pre-rational, terrifying. God is manifest in the terror of his presence. He is commanding power: he asks of man and he takes from man. It is only at that moment in religious history when it becomes apparent that God not only requires but . . .

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