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Bibil Identifier bibil:204058
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Constructing Meaning in the Face of Suffering
Title (English, ) Theodicy in Lamentations
Author Boase, Elizabeth
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 58, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 449-468 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article explores the existence of theodic elements within the book of Lamentations. Drawing on the typology outlined by A. Laato and J. C. de Moor (Theodicy in the World of the Bible [Leiden, 2003]) it is identified that Lamentations explores both retributive and educative theodicy within its poems. Other theodic solutions are not, however, present. Although these theodic solutions are present, it cannot be argued that Lamentations constitutes a theodicy as such. Rather, the poems raise and in turn subvert a range of possible theodic assertions in response to the existential crisis which emerged in the wake of the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.
DOI 10.1163/156853308X325029
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Theodicy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Lamentations
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