Why can’t we see G-d?
When my son was little and he asked this question, I said that maybe God was invisible because God lives inside people. I meant the idea of the in-dwelling God. I meant that our spirits/souls are where God lives. But my son was appalled. He was only four and he looked down at his belly and his arms and legs, and exclaimed, “Where is God? Is God in my stomach?” Now, eight years later, I have learned that the idea that God does not have a body does not really happen until the 4th century BCE and the idea actually comes from the Greeks, not the Jews. The characters in my book, therefore, all believe that God can be seen. Hagar even says that God is the one she has witnessed and that God is the one who has seen her. So, the God of the Israelites was not incorporeal and, furthermore, incorporeality is not an essential aspect of the Bible’s understanding of the divine.