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A study of the growth of Joshua and Judges illustrates how the theme of divine anger has been used differently, according to different historical and social settings. In the deuteronomistic texts the main reason for God's anger is idolatry, which symbolizes a totally negative attitude to everything that God has done or given to the Israelites. This theology of anger is deeply bound to experiences of national catastrophes or threats of crises, and reflects the theological enigma of the exile. A century later, post-deuteronomistic theology gives a wholly different view: the anger of God becomes an instrument of the power struggles between the Israelite parties, or is used for protecting existing leadership.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Kari Latvus
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 1998-11-01
File: 108 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780567625441

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This book examines the problem of theodicy arising from the fall of Jerusalem (587 B.C.E.) in the book of Jeremiah. It explores the ways in which the authors of the book of Jeremiah tried to explain away their God's responsibility while clinging to the idea of divine mastery over human affairs. In order to trace the development of a particular book's understanding of God's role in meting out punishments, this book analyzes all the passages containing the word pivotal,הכעיס (“to provoke to anger”) in Deuteronomistic History and the book of Jeremiah.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Samantha Joo
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Release: 2012-02-16
File: 334 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783110909937

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This book explores the references to Egypt in the Pentateuch--twice as dense as in the rest of the Hebrew Bible--in the context of the production of the text's final form during the Persian period. Here, as Greifenhagen shows, Egypt functions ideologically as the primary "other" over against which Israel's identity is constructed, while its role in Israel's formation appears as subsidiary and as a superseded stage in a master narrative which locates Israel's ethnic roots in Mesopotamia. But the presentation of this powerful neighbour is equivocal: a dominant anti-Egyptian stance coexists with alternative, though subordinate, pro-Egyptian views, suggesting that the Pentateuchal narrative was produced within a context of ideological conflict over attitudes towards a land that provided a home for Jewish fugitives and emigrants.

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Genre: Religion
Author: F. V. Greifenhagen
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2002-01-01
File: 325 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826462111

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Widely praised as a seminal contribution to the study of the Old Testament when it first appeared, Michael V. Fox's Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther is now available in a second edition, complete with an up-to-date critical review of recent Esther scholarship. Fox's commentary, based on his own translation of the Hebrew text, captures the meaning and artistry of Esther's inspiring story. After laying out the background information essential for properly reading Esther, Fox offers commentary on the text that clearly unpacks its message and relevance. Fox also looks in depth at each character in the story of Esther, showing how they were carefully shaped by the book's author to teach readers a new view of how to live as Jews in foreign lands.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Michael V. Fox
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2010-04-01
File: 344 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781725227972

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The Hebrew Bible preeminently hails King David in narratives of kingship. Israel's first king, Saul, is interpreted as a weak king whose failings contrast with David's success. Reading the stories at the end of Judges and early in 1 Samuel, Reconciling Violence and Kingship demonstrates the significance of Saul and the inauguration of monarchy independent of and preceding David's kingship. Attuned to issues of mimetic rivalry and sacrifice extending from Abimelech in Judges, Michelson argues that Saul's kingship is uniquely important in establishing the person of the king, inaugurated in order to minimize violence through sacrifice. Read in this way, Saul is not a failed king, but is truly Israel's predominant king. Israelite monarchy emerges with Saul alongside emerging practices of the sacrificial cult.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Marty Alan Michelson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2011-05-13
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781630876449

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The centralization of the cult mandate in Deuteronomy has captivated scholars for over two centuries. Related to this mandate are five legislative themes--abrogation of idolatry, tithing, the Israelite festival calendar, judiciary officials, and the priesthood. Collectively, these themes are interwoven into the Deuteronomic social, political, and religious infrastructure. Interpreted through an exilic lens, this study examines the themes through the relevant literary strata in the Enneateuch. In doing so, the themes are identified as playing an instrumental role in the demise of the divided monarchy. It is through the demise of the divided monarchy that the book of Deuteronomy, especially the centralization mandate, takes on a new meaning--a utopian desire. Thus, the rhetorical strategy of centralization, once contrived to unify and purify the cult, actually leads to failure and serves as motivation for reform during the exilic period.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jeffrey G. Audirsch
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2014-08-12
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781630875015

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Grasso explores the ways in which black and white 19th-century women writers define, express, and dramatize anger. Offering close readings of works by Lydia Maria Child, Maria W. Stewart, Fanny Fern, and Harriet Wilson, she shows how women used an aesthetic of discontent to address such complex social and political issues as slavery, industrialization, imperialism, and race relations.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Linda M. Grasso
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release: 2002
File: 249 Pages
ISBN-13: 0807853488

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Genre: Philosophy
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2004
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:B3740434

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This study offers a fresh examination of the literary history of various passages in the book of Joshua and their reinterpretation in the old Greek translation and the biblical scroll 4QJoshuaª.

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Genre: Architecture
Author: Michaël N. van der Meer
Publisher: Vetus Testamentum, Supplements
Release: 2004
File: 571 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015052312264

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In this work, respected scholar Andrew Lester discusses and incorporates the newest behavioral research models, contemporary biblical and theological scholarship, constructivist philosophy, and narrative theory into a comprehensive pastoral theology of anger. In revisiting through the lens of theological anthropology the very subject that brought him to the forefront of scholarship in pastoral care, Lester presents engaging new material and innovative new methods of interventions for dealing with this often-confusing human emotion.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Andrew D. Lester
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Release: 2003-04-30
File: 308 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781611642179

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