Reed Lessing

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Schrieber

Scripture References in this Resource

Psalm 48; Psalm 46; Isaiah 2:2-5; 1 Kings 18:19; 1 Kings 18:4; 13; 1 Kings 19:10; 14; 1 Kings 19:16; 2 Kings 9:1-10; 2 Kings 10:17-28; Jeremiah 19:5; Jeremiah 32:29; 35; Ezekiel 38:23; Exodus 15:17; Genesis 1:2


The purpose of this study is to define the holiness of Yahweh and the holiness of Baal as they are related to physical, tangible mountains. Qds is25 a holistic idea, which includes both physical and spiritual aspects Brevard Childs sums up this thesis with these words: The Old Testament understanding of space was eschatological, not mythical. It looked to the future, not to the past. However, it chose a mythical category to express the tensions within this new spatial reality. The new space had as its content God's holiness, but it was formed in the midst of a profane and fallen space. This space had already appeared, but was yet to come to its fullness.26In other words, the Old Testament uses the mythical category of the cosmic mountain in order to express the uniqueness of Yahweh's qds. In order to understand this usage of the cosmic mountain in the Old Testament and Ras Shamra texts, a detailed definition of "cosmic mountain" is needed.

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