15 comments on “Nakedness as a Metaphor in Scripture: Word Study…”arowm” and “eyrom”

  1. So the meaning of the original words is simply a state of being without any value-judgement based on that state of being? That has the potential for having huge implications on our understanding of Scripture. .

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  3. My question is if in this context naked has the idea of literally naked or metaphorically naked. I feel that the suggestion of them being entirely open to God, no secrets, no shame…as opposed to the second term where they are guarded, fearful, holding back…Ana d when they realized they were naked, that God could actually see everything they were thinking, that they could have no secrets, deceit began…?
    Just wondering.

    • You several episodes ahead of the study here, but yes, that is where we will find ourselves before it’s over. As for the terms within their historical contexts, they are quite literal, but then metaphor has its basis in something literal as a frame of reference for something much deeper and more profound. An example of this concept is the Temple and the Temple sacrifices and worship which was literal and physical, and still only a picture of the fullness that would come in Christ, as discussed at length in Hebrews.

  4. With regard to Eyrom, does it denote a sense of danger, or might it be better as nakedness as “exposed,” which reveals weakness and fragility (wherein lies the “danger”)

    The reference you make in Genesis is best understood in this light, I think. When we ask why Adam and Eve were ashamed, afraid, etc–it is because they were “exposed.” Which can be understood as metaphor–the exposure and desire to cover lie not in the nakedness, rather that stands as a metaphor for their reaction to God, who sees all, and knows already their sin. In this sense, they are “exposed.”– what does anyone do when they have been “caught in the act”? Over and over again our response is the same: to hide, to cover ourselves, lest our wrong doing is noticed.

    And I love your exposition on arowm–that it is a state of being, a neutral statement of fact, but that it is also a description of the perfect relationship with God.

    With regard to Eyrom, as used in Genesis, this makes sense. We are called to trust, have faith in our God–to go before Him in “arowm” not in “eyrom”

  5. I enjoy your expositions on arowm and eyrom.

    I wonder, though. Is eyrom best understood as nakedness containing a sense of danger, or perhaps better: eyrom is nakedness in the sense of “exposed.” When we refer to exposed, this often refers to a fragility and weakness, which makes us open to danger.

    Even more, especially in reference to Genesis, I think the passage you reference is better understood in terms of “exposed.” We speak of scandal as being “exposed.” Or, when we act in secret, when we lack trust, and that action (good or bad) is discovered, we often feel “exposed,”–in danger. And this is often tied to feelings of trust or lack there of.

    In the scene in Genesis, Adam and Eve are afraid and ashamed because of their “eyrom”–their “exposure”–they have been “caught in the act” so to speak. How do we act when we think our wrongdoing has been found out? We hide.

    And then, especially in light of your explanation regarding arowm as also often used to describe the perfect relationship with God, I think this really sheds light on eyrom as “exposure.” We stand in arowm when we trust. When we have faith in God and believe Him, that He is merciful and forgivng, we are able to stand naked–arowm–warts and all, without shame, fear, etc. But, original sin broke this, it caused us to feel our nakedness as exposure–eyrom. Though, rough Christ are assured “do not be afraid”-“Trust Me”–God assures us that there is no need to stand as exposed and in fear…

    Anyway, just riffing off your thoughts. Definitely a lot to mine 🙂

  6. I stumbled onto this read while looking for an author with the same name who wrote a book called Hatch’s Island back in the 80s. As an avid nudist who is also a Christian I look forward to your further writings on this.

    • I’m glad you stopped in. Back in the day, a friend gave me a copy of “Hatch’s Island”… quite the thriller as I recall, but not written by me 🙂

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