Viewing God as having feelings and emotions, more technically, an anthropopathic
image of the Eternal, Rabbi Heschel writes that the basic feature of divine pathos is "God's transcendental attention" to humans.
From his great-grandfather, the Apter Rav, he learned that God was not an "object of human contemplation" (20) but an anthropopathic
being who is constantly in search of us, needing us as much as we need God.
Then, the targumist also replaces anthropomorphic and anthropopathic
descriptions of God; that is, God described with human form or emotions.
They both ended up embracing anthropological and anthropopathic
language about God as the truest medium for understanding the divine and placing coresponsibility for working out a just world squarely upon human beings who are to imitate God.
The most important theological transformation is his increasing reliance on an anthropopathic