The Bible (Old and New Testaments) record encounters between God and individual humans and whole communities. There is a special class of these encounters that are mysterious in nature. We typically call them “theophanies,” moments when a human encounters God in some way that brings about a transition in the life experience of that person. The stories of Jacob’s wrestling match, Moses’ encounter at the burning bush, Isaiah’s call to prophetic ministry, and the Transfiguration are among some of the most mysterious of these stories. Communities reading or more likely hearing these stories closer in time to those experiences would have recognized how the encounter with the Holy was transformative. How do these encounters with the Holy shape the experiences of faith communities then and now? In essence, what do these stories mean for us today?