In reading The Theology of Paul the Apostle, by James Dunn, I was delightfully surprised to come across an exposition of God’s un-image-ability by Josephus that echoed with startling similarity to Lyotard’s definition of The Unpresentable. Addressing the oneness of God, Josephus wrote,

He [Moses] represented him [God] as one, uncreated and immutable to all eternity; in beauty surpassing all mortal thought, made known to us by his power, although the nature of his real being passes knowledge… By his works and bounties he is plainly seen, indeed more manifest than aught else; but his form and magnitude surpass our powers of description. No materials, however costly, are fit to make an image of him; no art has skill to conceive and represent it. The like of him we have never seen, we do not imagine, and it is impious to conjecture (Ap. 2.167, 190-91)

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