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‘It Shall Be Night to You, without Vision’: The Theme of Divine Disfavour in the Biblical Prophetic Books

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This chapter deals with the theme of God's silence, his alienation and withdrawal from his people, as found in the Biblical prophetic books, against the background of the theme of divine disfavour in the Ancient Near East. Korpel and De Moor make clear that the imagery of Gods as 'speaking' or 'being silent' in the texts from the ancient world, is modelled on the speaking and silence of humans. The examples that Korpel and De Moor present of divine silence are not really convincing. The motif of broken communication, because of God's anger with his people, is prominent in the book of Jeremiah. Broken communication because of divine anger is strongly present in the book of Ezekiel. Divine silence and abandonment are symptomatic of divine anger. Both in his speaking and in his silence, God acts according to his own divine plan, which is a mystery to humans.

Keywords: Biblical prophetic books; De Moor; divine anger; divine disfavour; divine silence; Ezekiel; Jeremiah; Korpel



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