The eating motif is the character who does not speak or act on his own, but yet is found at every major turning point of the divine drama. Creation, fall, redemption, and consummation all involve the eating motif.
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Disclosure: This was a paper I did for IG500 Biblical Theology and Interpretation. In this class we read the Bible as a one unified book by tracing various themes through it such as creation, kingship, sonship, sacrifice.
[2/18/2010 – Related article]