David Calabro explores what he describes as the “divine handclasp” in the Hebrew Bible. The term refers to a handclasp between God and his human servant that had a place in ancient Israelite temple worship. Calabro indicates it was a ritual gesture that was part of temple rite performance with a priest acting as proxy for God in close interaction with mankind. While other scholars have suggested the gesture was indicative of deity transporting mankind to “glory,” Calabro’s research proposes the clasping of right hands while facing one another was ritually indicative of God granting access to His chosen rather than transporting him.
|Presented at:||The 2012 Temple on Mount Zion Conference
Saturday, September 22, 2012
|Article Reprint:||“The Divine Handclasp in the Hebrew Bible and in Ancient Near Eastern Iconography” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 45 (2021): 37-52
|Conference Proceedings:||Temple Insights at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/temple-insights/|