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From The Ark Number 189 - Winter 2001

Book Review

Hallowed Be Thy Name:
reflections on the Divine Name in Sacred Scripture

by Michael Lewis
Oxford: Family Publications, 2001. 6.50

This is another book with a partly Jewish flavour, in that it probes the scriptural and cultural background behind the Divine Name, which stands for the person and power of God.  It is also a devoutly Christian book as it explores the meaning and spirituality of the names used for Jesus, the Jesus Prayer and the IHS monogram.   Yes, yes you may be saying, all very worthy - but what has it to do with animals? Well, there is a jewel of a chapter called ‘The Naming of the Animals’ for which alone it would be worth buying this book.  It explores the significance of Adam’s naming the animals in Genesis: ‘By naming the animals, man becomes God’s steward of creation; but this stewardship does not mean that he has a different origin from the animals ...The steward must answer to the Master.’

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