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The Book Of Job

Author: Carol A. Newsom
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199731152
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Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of Job and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book that rejects its dismantling in historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes many final form readings. Additionally, she rehabilitates the moral perspectives represented by certain voices of the book that modern critics have treated with disdain.

Job 28

Author: E. J. Van Wolde
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004130043
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This volume deals with the song of wisdom in Job 28 as it is analysed by scholars in biblical exegesis, Hebrew lexicography and cognitive linguistics and shows that exploring the common ground is worthwhile

Erziehung Im Leiden

Author: Tanja Pilger
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161506116
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English summary: Based on a precise analysis of the Elihu speeches, Tanja Pilger shows their redaction-critical composition and describes a theology according to the different topics mentioned by Elihu. The concept of the divine as a merciful redeemer and the understanding of suffering as education can be regarded as unique concepts in the Elihu speeches. These are combined with the appearance of a merciful angel mediating between suffering mankind and God intending humankind's redemption. Furthermore, the Elihu speeches shed light on the idea of God's justice and righteousness as well as on the concept of God as the creator and humankind as God's creature. The Elihu speeches can be seen as the first theological debate and reflection on Job and his fate. German description: Tanja Pilger legt Komposition und Theologie der Elihureden im Hiobbuch aufgrund der Analyse der Einzelreden dar. Die Komposition weist Fortschreibungen der Elihureden aus und berucksichtigt ihre theologischen Profile im Vergleich zur Dialogdichtung im Hiobbuch. Komposition und Theologie zeichnen den genuin theologischen Gehalt Elihus im Hiobbuch nach. Die Vorstellung der Erziehung im Leiden sowie der Befreiung des Leidenden durch Gott finden bei Elihu Gestalt. Dazu vermittelt ein Engel zwischen dem leidenden Menschen und Gott. Die von Hiob geforderte Gerechtigkeit Gottes greift Elihu auf und vertieft die Vorstellung von Gott als erhabenem und transzendentem Schopfer wie die Geschopflichkeit des Menschen. In den Elihureden hat eine erste theologische Auseinandersetzung mit der Hiobthematik stattgefunden.

The Moral Imagination

Author: John Paul Lederach
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198038948
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John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range of situations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, and the Philippines. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination."

The Hermeneutics Of The Happy Ending In Job 42 7 17

Author: Kenneth Numfor Ngwa
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110927330
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Die in dieser Arbeit angewandte Hermeneutik ist eine Hermeneutik vom Ende her, die die Resonanz sowie die Dissonanz zwischen dem Epilog und den vorderen Teilen des Hiobbuches betont. Im Zusammenhang von Theophanie und Epilog werden Tadel und Lob, Vergeltung und ihre Aufhebung, göttliche Transzendenz und Zugänglichkeit zusammengesehen. Die sehr verschiedenartigen Traditionen des vorangehenden Abschnitts werden nicht als konkurrierende Alternativen, sondern einander ergänzende Möglichkeiten gesehen, die Natur der Beziehung zwischen Gott und Mensch zu sehen und auf die Wirklichkeit von Chaos und Leiden zu antworten.

The Blue Sapphire Of The Mind

Author: Douglas E. Christie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199986649
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"There are no unsacred places," the poet Wendell Berry has written. "There are only sacred places and desecrated places." What might it mean to behold the world with such depth and feeling that it is no longer possible to imagine it as something separate from ourselves, or to live without regard for its well-being? To understand the work of seeing things as an utterly involving moral and spiritual act? Such questions have long occupied the center of contemplative spiritual traditions. In The Blue Sapphire of the Mind, Douglas E. Christie proposes a distinctively contemplative approach to ecological thought and practice that can help restore our sense of the earth as a sacred place. Drawing on the insights of the early Christian monastics as well as the ecological writings of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and many others, Christie argues that, at the most basic level, it is the quality of our attention to the natural world that must change if we are to learn how to live in a sustainable relationship with other living organisms and with one another. He notes that in this uniquely challenging historical moment, there is a deep and pervasive hunger for a less fragmented and more integrated way of apprehending and inhabiting the living world--and for a way of responding to the ecological crisis that expresses our deepest moral and spiritual values. Christie explores how the wisdom of ancient and modern contemplative traditions can inspire both an honest reckoning with the destructive patterns of thought and behavior that have contributed so much to our current crisis, and a greater sense of care and responsibility for all living beings. These traditions can help us cultivate the simple, spacious awareness of the enduring beauty and wholeness of the natural world that will be necessary if we are to live with greater purpose and meaning, and with less harm, to our planet.

Wisdom Revealed

Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498217494
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Humans, seeking to understand the nature of reality, have learned to discern life's patterns and to respond to life's vicissitudes by acting wisely, doing what brings happiness and success. The Bible is a record of that journey. It represents the inspired attempt to become wise at the deepest level, living harmoniously with one's community, the earth, and the Creator. Through their inspirational teachings, the sages of the biblical wisdom tradition offer time-honored advice about some of life's most difficult concerns, including the problem of pain, the suffering of the innocent, the nature of evil, the justice of God, and the pervasiveness of death. Wisdom Revealed, a survey of biblical wisdom literature, offers perspective on topics that arise as one follows the text, always with an eye on the big picture, namely, daily living. Those who read this literature will be exposed to a set of core values necessary for vital citizenship and effective leadership at all levels of life. They will also obtain time-honored advice about how to deal with life's uncertainties in a holistic and pragmatic manner, focusing on what it means to be human in the presence of God.

Reframing Her

Author: Judith E. McKinlay
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press
ISBN: 9781905048007
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How does one read the story of Sarah and Hagar, or Jezebel and Rahab today, if one is a woman reader situated in a postcolonial society? This is the question undergirding this work, which considers a selection of biblical texts in which women have significant roles. Employing both a gender and a postcolonial lens, it asks sharp questions both of the interests embedded in the texts themselves and of their impact upon contemporary women readers. Whereas most postcolonial studies have been undertaken from the perspective of the colonized this work reads the texts from the position of a settler descendant, and is an attempt to engage with the disquietening and challenging questions that reading from such a location raises. Letters from early settler women in New Zealand, contemporary fiction, and personal reminiscence become tools for the task, complementing those traditionally employed in critical biblical readings.

The Hebrew Bible

Author: Frederick E. Greenspahn
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814731872
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In April of 2001, the headline in the Los Angeles Times read, “Doubting the Story of the Exodus.” It covered a sermon that had been delivered by the rabbi of a prominent local congregation over the holiday of Passover. In it, he said, “The truth is that virtually every modern archeologist who has investigated the story of the exodus, with very few exceptions, agrees that the way the Bible describes the exodus is not the way it happened, if it happened at all.” This seeming challenge to the biblical story captivated the local public. Yet as the rabbi himself acknowledged, his sermon contained nothing new. The theories that he described had been common knowledge among biblical scholars for over thirty years, though few people outside of the profession know their relevance. New understandings concerning the Bible have not filtered down beyond specialists in university settings. There is a need to communicate this research to a wider public of students and educated readers outside of the academy. This volume seeks to meet this need, with accessible and engaging chapters describing how archeology, theology, ancient studies, literary studies, feminist studies, and other disciplines now understand the Bible.