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Historiography and theodicy in the Old Testament

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The whole Deuteronomistic History might similarly be regarded as a confession of national sin, and this is true whether it sees nothing beyond the disaster, or holds out a hope for restoration. It is little exaggeration to say that theodicy is the central theme of the Old Testament, the attempt to show that God is just in his dealings with his people and that whatever ill happens to them, they have deserved it. Prophetic theodicies emerged when the prophets were speaking to Israel's representatives in some kind of public gathering, probably at the time of a festival or fast. It is hard to imagine that texts expressing theodicy were written for private study; rather, they pre-suppose a group gathered together for worship.

Keywords: Deuteronomistic History; God; Old Testament; theodicy



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