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Does Exile Equal Suffering? A Fresh Look At Psalm 137

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The Babylonian Exile has often been seen as a period of suffering and distress for the people of Judah. This sentence has two presuppositions, one on exile and one on suffering. The image of exile has changed in recent years. It seems save to assume that the Judaean communities in Babylon shared the relatively wealth produced by the economic upheaval in sixth century BCE Mesopotamia. Psalm 137 is giving a specific voice of grief and suffering. The hymn can be seen as an ego-document rooted in the experience of exile.

Keywords: Babylonian exile; Judaean communities; Psalm 137



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