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Trinity in the Old Testament

Canisius | 03 June, 2007 06:14

Fr. Fromage gives us in today's reading a sparkling tour of allusions to the Trinity in the Old Testament (X,95-96). Although brief, he clearly shows the same rhetorical power we are accustomed to seeing in Dom Gueranger.

One little point seems to me worth clarifying. Fr. Fromage speaks as though the human author of the Old Testament text meant to speak of the Trinity, but his fellow Israelites did not understand. For example,

In the Books of Proverbs, Wisdom, and Ecclesiasticus, Solomon speaks, in sublime language, of Him who is eternal Wisdom; he tells us--and he uses every variety of grandest expression to tell us--of the divine essence of this Wisdom, and of His being a distinct Person in the Godhead; but how few among the people of Israel could see through the veil!

He then goes on, of course, to speak about how the Son was Incarnate to reveal the Trinity, and so on. It seems to me that this is a minor inconsistency: if the revelation of the Trinity came about through the Son, then it does not seem to me that Solomon could have known about the Trinity.

I certainly believe that the texts Fr. Fromage brings forth are speaking of the Trinity, but I think that the divine author of these texts knew more than the human author did about their meaning. So it can be an interesting exercise to seek the reasons the human author had for this or that phrasing, given that he neither knew about the Trinity nor simply wrote down what a voice whispered in his ear. Because the human author was a true author, he had to have reasons for what he wrote; but his reasons, we see, yield a text far richer than his own reasons can explain.


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