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Etty Hillesum And Her God

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The study of Etty Hillesum's writings falls under the study of literature, an investigation into the character of Etty Hillesum under psychology, and an examination of her historical life circumstances to historiography. Moreover, theology and women's studies each have their own line of inquiry. Certainly when addressing the theme 'Etty Hillesum and her God,' there is a very great temptation to make statements about Hillesum's religious life while silently tiptoeing past the distinction between literature and reality. Etty Hillesum recognized perfected literature in the Bible. For her, the Bible was not only a spiritual guide; it also gave impetus to searching for exactly the right words while recording her thoughts. For Etty Hillesum, kneeling to pray initiated a process that led to the concept of 'God' seemingly being given greater meaning in her writings, even though it is impossible to assign a strictly chronological demarcation to this evolution.

Keywords: Etty Hillesum; God



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