Death and Life: Images of Mortality

James Von Frank

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1987

Issue: The Search for God (Vol. 7, No 2, Spring, 1987)

For example, there is the metaphor of "the Word." I knew, or so I thought, that from Genesis (where God speaks the world into existence) on into the prophetic speaking of the word, and through the revelation of the word made flesh, there is in our tradition focus on the word. "In the beginning was the Word....And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1, 1:14). This metaphor, and the stories incorporating it, gained new meaning. The image of the Word Incarnate, and its meaning for us, should be considered in our response to the suffering of death and life.

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