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  1. Because this is how the prophet Daniel saw Him (the Old Denmi) :

    “And I saw at last that thrones were set up, and the Ancient of days sat down; and his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head was as pure wave; and his throne was as a flame of fire, and his wheels as flaming fire.” Dan 7: 9

    Accordingly, the iconographic tradition sometimes figuratively (!) depicts God as in the vision of a prophet, which is still not entirely theologically correct, according to some (for example, L. A. Uspensky), since only the incarnate Jesus Christ can be depicted.

  2. It seems to me that the wisest people are those who have already lived a long life. It is for this reason that God is represented in the image of an elder. As for the beard and the sheet, it's because that's how people used to dress. They wrapped themselves up with something and didn't cut their beard. If people had started to believe in God since our time, I have no doubt that he would have looked very different. In such an image that is familiar in our society today. I gave you an example)

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