anthropopatheia anthropopatheia
 an'-thro-po-path-ei'-a from Gk. anthropos, "man"
and pathos, "affections, feelings"
condescensio, humanus affectus

Ascribing human attributes to God.
  In the following example, God speaks as though he were ignorant of what Abraham would have done; thus, a human quality (ignorance) is attributed to God:
And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. —Genesis 22:10-12
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  Sources: Smith ("anthropopatheia" "humanus affectus") 204-206; Bullinger 871

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