An appearance or revelation of God, often in the OT in connection with a sanctuary (Exod. 40: 34–8); as to Isaiah in the Temple (Isa. 6: 1); God's presence is indicated by fire or wind and clouds (Deut. 33: 2; Ps. 68: 33; 104: 3). According to Exod. 33: 240, no one can see God and survive. He is never seen in the theophany at Mount Sinai except in the older narrative of Exod. 24: 9–11, where Moses occupies a merely subordinate position; in the later narratives he is supreme. Rather different was the revelation to Elijah in ‘a still, small voice’ (1 Kgs. 19: 12, AV, RV; ‘a sound of sheer silence’, NRSV; ‘a faint, murmuring sound’, REB; ‘a light murmuring sound’, NJB). In the NT Jesus saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove at his baptism (Matt. 3: 16) and at the Transfiguration there came a voice from the cloud (Matt. 17: 5).