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Bibil Identifier bibil:207359
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Life and Death Viewed as Physical and Lived Spaces
Title (English, ) Some Preliminary Thoughts from Proverbs
Author Medina, Richard W.
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 122, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 199–211 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract From a geographical dimension, the land is a metonymy of everlasting life given to the righteous while death is mostly the wicked's inevitable fate and habitation. This raises the question of what it means to live long in the land and to be exterminated from it when one knows that in fact all die to remain in Sheol. My explanation is that to live long, for the righteous, is to enjoy many years of life and have their name perpetuated via their offspring. For the wicked to be cut off from the land means that they, along with their household, are literally put to death, leaving trace neither in the land nor in the memoirs of it. This execution may be viewed as an act of purification or removal of evil impurity. From an experiential dimension, life is offered to the righteous as a gifted experience of longevity, wisdom, welfare, integrity, and security taking place in the land. By contrast, death is an experience of volte-face and descent with respect to life.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.015
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Proverbs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : World View / Cosmology
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