Prophets, pathos, and compassion

Abraham Heschel on the prophet’s point of view:

“The prophet is guided not by what he feels but rather by what God feels. In moments of intense sympathy for God, the prophet is moved by the pathos of God, Who is disillusioned by His people. The state is far from being his main concern. His declarations are made from the point of view of God. It is rarely a personal, direct reaction to a situation, and mostly an articulation of God’s view and an identification with it. Yet, in taking God’s part, he defends the people’s position, since in truth God’s pathos is compassion. For compassion is the root of God’s relationship with man.”

~Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets

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One response to “Prophets, pathos, and compassion

  1. Pingback: Prophets and Traditionalists « JRFibonacci's blog: partnering with reality

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