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Bibil Identifier bibil:219973
Publication Type Article of book
Title (French, Long) Le dieu de l'Ancien Testament est-il un dieu jaloux? Essai de réponse
Author Lang, Bernhard
Congress volume Jalousie des dieux, jalousie des hommes
Year (Reference) 2011
Language French
Pages 159-171 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay is in two parts. (1) The first offers an interpretation of Hosea 2. The prophet tells the story of Israel under the guise of a parable: a wealthy gentleman, when wandering about the desert, finds an exposed baby girl that he adopts and raises. Later, when the girl has grown up to marriageable age, he is impressed by her beauty and marries her. This wife, however, turns out to be unfaithful, and the husband accuses and threatens her. His accusation is marked by a blend of violent rejection and love – an ambiguous sentiment characteristic of jealousy. (2) The second part studies the expression el qannâ, generally rendered ‘jealous God.’ A close reading of all the relevant passages in which this and related expressions appear suggests an interpretation that has nothing to do with jealousy. Rather than being ‘jealous,’ God is ‘irascible’, prone to anger, revenge, and aggression. The reference is to the typical behaviour of a warlike deity or a warrior who, in a state of frenzy, attacks the enemy (see Isa 42:13). (© by B. Lang)
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Jealousy (of God)
Pericopes Hosea 2
Terms קַנָּא קנא
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