“The Soteriological Development of the ‘Arm of the Lord’ Motif” by MATTHEW R. AKERS
ABSTRACT: A quarter of a century ago James Hoffmeier published his groundbreaking Biblica article “The Arm of God Versus the Arm of Pharaoh in the Exodus Narratives.” The same year, Manfred Görg released his study “Der starke Arm Pharaos” in the Festschrift honoring François Daumas. Both men demonstrated that the OT seizes Egyptian victory language and applies it to the God of Israel in order to portray him as the conqueror of Pharaoh. ip info This paper builds upon these important works, arguing that the OT authors, particularly in the prophetical period, employed the theme to express several important theological concepts. The author of this paper explores a number of OT passages that depict the arm of the LORD as the deliverer of post- Conquest Israel and the redeemer of the entire world.
KEYWORDS: Deliverance, Soteriology, Theology, Prophets, Messiah