The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lost in translation

Jealous? Not God

Passion. It can be an embarrassing word, of course. Lurid, even. Or dangerous. But passion also has its positive side: You and I can feel passionate about feeding the hungry, about loving our spouse.

JealousSo our Lord also is passionate. We sometimes hear the suffering Jesus endured from the Last Supper through to his resurrection at Easter referred to as the "Passion of Christ" — emphasizing what he did because of his strong feelings for us.

The Old Testament tells us that God the Father, too, has great passion, great qanna. The Hebrew word qanna means "having strong feelings, enthusiastic, zealous, impassioned, ardent, passionate, jealous, compassionate."

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