The Eight Stages of the Disappearance of God
- Moses sees God at Sinai.
- Moses, the one man who has seen God, wears a veil.
- God tells Moses, “I shall hide my face from the Israelites.”
- The last time God is said to be revealed to a human: the prophet Samuel
- The last time God is said to have appeared to a human: King Solomon
- The last public miracle: divine fire for Elijah at Mount Carmel; followed by God’s refusal to appear to Elijah at Horeb/Sinai
- The last personal miracle: The shadow reverses before Isaiah and Hezekiah
- God is not mentioned in Esther.29
From The Disappearance of God (Richard Elliot Friedman) 1995