I think what you said below is mostly on point.
I am not irked by your taking a particular view of the matter, it is more the flippant treatment of the sincere efforts of the Fathers to understand the Scriptures with which I take issue. While products of their time and place and quite capable of being wrong, they were far from stupid men.
I do not believe the Lord did not know exactly where Adam was when he was "looking" for him in paradise. Perhaps he was indeed looking for Adam, in some sense
, but certainly not the ordinary sense.
I still don't think God has a back, though.
Exodus 33:23 :"Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen."
Keble, how do you understand this verse?
God was intentionally unclear with Moses, who did not understand sophisticated philosophy. He was relying on the fact that people familiar with Plotinus would correctly decipher in the future that he meant meant his apophatic not-face, not-hand and not-back. That or perhaps God has features that are like hands, like a face and like a back (though I suppose that I can agree that we cannot describe them being as such, and so have to be careful to apophatically state that they are not hands but also not not hands, etc.).