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Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch: A Metaphorical Perspective on God as Host

by Stallman, Bob

Robert Stallman, PhD 1999

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Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch: A Metaphorical Perspective on God as Host
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Metaphor illuminates transcendent truths and vague understandings in a way plain words cannot. The Bible is filled with metaphorical handholds for understanding the nature and attributes of God. He is a shepherd—caring and watchful. He is a king—just and powerful. He is a warrior—strong and faithful. Metaphors like these help us understand God in deep, tangible ways. In Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch, Bob Stallman helps us understand God by looking at how the first five books of the Bible construct another significant metaphor describing God. He is a host—gracious and hospitable.

From the garden of Eden to the Promised Land God hosts his people. We see food play an integral role in God’s covenant with Israel and his provision for them throughout their journey. Stallman shows how humanity’s status as guests in the Garden and on earth is central to the biblical narrative. He also surveys the concept of hospitality in ancient Near Eastern literature. With all this in mind, Stallman shows how viewing God as host sheds light on his character from Genesis to Jesus in ways we would not see otherwise.

Logos seamlessly integrates Stallman’s studies with the rest of your library. As Stallman meticulously works his way through the Pentateuch, all of your commentary and reference works are in one place. Scripture references appear on mouseover and link to your favorite Bible translation and original-language texts, enabling you to follow along with biblical scholarship like never before.

Key Features

  • Analyzes the Pentateuch’s metaphor of God as host.
  • Discusses literary and cognitive theory of metaphor
  • Surveys the concept of hospitality in Near Eastern literature
  • Lays a framework for seeing God as host throughout the entire Bible


  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Study of Metaphor
  • Chapter 3: Metaphors, Models, and the Bible
  • Chapter 4: Hospitality in the Ancient Near East
  • Chapter 5: Divine Hospitality in Genesis
  • Chapter 6: Divine Hospitality in Exodus through Deuteronomy
  • Chapter 7: Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography

Product Details

  • Title: Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch: A Metaphorical Perspective on God as Host
  • Author: Bob Stallman
  • Publisher: Bob Stallman
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 344

About the Author

Bob Stallman is professor of Bible and Hebrew at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He received his BA in religion and philosophy from Northwest College in 1979, his MDiv from Regent College in 1985, and his PhD in hermeneutics and biblical interpretation from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained minister for the Assemblies of God.

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