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Metaphorical usage of clouds and rain in the mystical Tablets Rashh-i-Amá, Lawh Kullu't-Ta'ám, and Qasídiyyih-Varqá'iyyih.
This paper was first posted in Word format at Hebrew University of Jerusalem website, where the author is the Chair in Baha'i Studies. It was later published in Lights of Irfan, and is mirrored here with permission from

Clouds and the Hiding God:
Observations on some Terms in the Early Writing of Bahá'u'lláh

by Moshe Sharon

published in Lights of Irfan, 13, pages 363-379
Wilmette, IL: Haj Mehdi Armand Colloquium, 2012
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