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Bibil Identifier bibil:212722
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Cautionary Tale: The Acts-Consequence 'Construct'
Author Hatton, Peter
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 375-384 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In 1955 Klaus Koch asserted that the Old Testament, particularly its wisdom literature, has no concept of divine retribution and that humanity simply receives the appropriate fruit of the good or bad deeds we sow. This notion, the so-called acts-consequence construct, has become an important element in a paradigmatic approach to the wisdom books; one which attacks the sages of Proverbs as - strangely enough in view of Koch’s argument - invoking divine retribution to support their, supposedly, self-serving teachings. This article offers some critique of Koch’s original argument but focuses on the misleading way it was appropriated by English-speaking scholars.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210385517
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Wisdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Retribution
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Proverbs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
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