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Bibil Identifier bibil:229909
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Happiness and Its Discontents in the Psalms
Author Brown, William P.
Edited book The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 95-115 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The book of Psalms is replete with lament and complaint over suffering. Even so, it is also full of beatitudes and happy- (or ʾašrê-) sayings so that it can be seen as a “guide to the blessed life.” How these two sides of life combine in the psalms indicates that happiness is no simple matter according to the Psalms. At times happiness comes via human agency, sometimes via divine agency, and sometimes via a complex mixture of both. Among other things, this suggests that happiness cannot be simplistically “pursued,” but is most often only received: snatched from the jaws of affliction. Happiness in the Psalms must therefore be read from the perspective of pain seeking understanding.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Good fortune
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Lamentation
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