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Ex Oriente Silentium: An Introduction to This Volume

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This chapter deals with the theme of the Divine Silence. Divine Silence is an expression of the uncomprehended and incomprehensible laceration and fragmentation of the human existence. It is no proof of divine absence. The author agrees with Korpel and De Moor, when they state that all language about God has a metaphorical character. Korpel and De Moor correctly locate 'silence' in the context of 'speaking'. Fear for divine silence can be seen as a background for various Mesopotamian prayers. Korpel and De Moor make more than clear that the concept of divine silence as means of communication is not to be seen as only an idea from contemporary culture, but has deep roots in antiquity and beyond. Silence gives voice to something otherwise incommunicable. The choice for a strategy for communication does not seem to be dependent on human speaking or silence.

Keywords: De Moor; Divine Silence; God; Korpel



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