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Bibil Identifier bibil:204421
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Violent, Rhetorical-Ideological God of Nahum
Author Maré, Leonard
Author Serfontein, Johan
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 175-185 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article tries to identify YHWH in the violent text of Nahum as a character and a construct of the ideology of society. God's acts of violence are depicted in a way that reflects the socio-cultural background of the author and his society. Therefore God is violent and chauvinistically gender-ideological. Suggestions are made to consider the options and solutions that a "counter-reading" brings to the problem. A counter-reading challenges the reader to empathise with the pain of the victims and to put modern faces to it. In reading this way readers would be able to act in the world around them in ways that would help to construct a more passive (as opposed to violent) and compassionate image of God.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Nahum
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : YHWH
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