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Bibil Identifier bibil:237639
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Fine Balance between Hope and Despair: The Epilogue to 2 Kings (25:27-30)
Author Joo, Samantha
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 20, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 226-243 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Scholars have debated the theological significance of the epilogue to the books of Kings (2 Kgs 25:27-30) by examining the agenda of the Deuteronomistic historian. Rather than looking within the historian's ideology, it may prove beneficial to compare the epilogue to A Fine Balance in which the theme of hope is central to the storyline. Like A Fine Balance in which Rohinton Mistry uses a subdued but hopeful ending to balance the mostly hopeless historical novel, the Deuteronomistic historian adds a hopeful epilogue to the books of Kings to offset its deterministic ideology in which sins lead to punishment. This promising ending, reflecting the human need for hope, becomes an encouraging message for the exilic community.
DOI 10.1163/156851512X630395
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century
Pericopes 2 Kings 25,27-25,30
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