Within Judaism and their books, was it a custom of the time to refer to G-d as the Father?

Is the term son of G-d used in any of your works? I heard this term is used to refer to an observant person or respected person.

Can you please elaborate on the above and provide some verses if possible.

  • What is "the time"? Judaism's books have been written for the past three thousand years. – msh210 Feb 25 '14 at 21:17
  • I mean whenever they were recorded, in that time period, where these terms/phrases used and if so what was the true meaning. – user1361315 Feb 25 '14 at 21:36
  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Are you asking specifically about biblical texts, or all of them? – Monica Cellio Feb 25 '14 at 23:23
  • re respected person, I think you are thinking of Man of God: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2690.htm – Baby Seal Apr 23 '14 at 17:48

Check out for the use of Father:

Isaiah 63:16 and 64:7.

1 Chronicles 29:10

Deuteronomy 32: 6

Psalms 68:6

Malachi 1:6

for a start.

And now Jeremiah 3:19.

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  • thanks exactly what I wanted in terms of references. I guess the Hellenistic Roman influence took these words to another level. – user1361315 Feb 25 '14 at 22:06
  • Wait, is there an example of 'son of god'? – user1361315 Feb 25 '14 at 22:13
  • @user1361315 I didn't look for 'son of god'. – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 25 '14 at 23:04
  • @user1361315, see the comment on my answer. – msh210 Feb 26 '14 at 4:18
  • @user1361315 I have added a quote from Jeremiah, as promised. – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 26 '14 at 16:55

God is often called Jews' "father" in Jewish texts, most famously in liturgy. (We ask that he have mercy on us as a father has on his children.) Occasionally, we're called his sons, too. This is all, of course, metaphorical: God has not physically sired anyone, being nonphysical himself.

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    This site drazin.com/?6._The_%22Son_of_G-D%22_MYTH has a list of people referred to as a "son" of God. – rosends Feb 25 '14 at 23:36
  • @Danno, thanks. It seems such a list would make a good answer to the question. – msh210 Feb 26 '14 at 4:19
  • can you cite a verse in which a prophet is referred to as God's son? The only places I can think of where children of God are even mentioned is in Job, referring to angels, and in the Pentateuch somewhere, referring to the nation of Israel as a whole. – Baby Seal Apr 23 '14 at 17:38
  • @BabySeal... thinking about it now, I think I was wrong. "Elohim" is used for various people, but "son of God" isn't that I'm aware of. I'll remove that paragraph. Thanks for catching me on it. – msh210 Apr 23 '14 at 23:27

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