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Exile And Pain: A Chapter From The Story Of God’S Emotions

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In studies in biblical interpretation or biblical theology the period of the Babylonian Exile is referred to by a terminology of strong emotions: texts of psalms and prophecy express the wrath of God, human despair, suffering and even trauma. Some Western theologians prefer to question the role of God because strong voices in Western culture challenge the value of biblical religion. A number of biblical texts express a variety of emotions assigned to God in relation to the experience of exile. They present words about God being disappointed, God being in conflict with himself and God being hurt. In the study of religion in exilic and post exilic times, as in the work of Albertz, the focus is on Judaic religious communities, their historical conditions during the Babylonian and the Persian Empire, their internal theological debates and the special idiom on suffering and restoration or identity that particular groups develop.

Keywords: Babylonian exile; biblical theology; God's emotions



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