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Author Melton, Brittany N., author

Title Where is God in the Megilloth? : a dialogue on the ambiguity of divine presence and absence / by Brittany N. Melton
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018

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Series Oudtestamentische studiƫn = Old Testament studies, 0169-7226 ; Volume 73
Contents Intro; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: Where is God in the Megilloth?; The Complexity of Conceptualizing Divine Presence and Absence in the Hebrew Bible; The Contribution of the Megilloth for Conceptualizing Divine Presence and Absence; In Search of God in the Megilloth; Chapter 1 The Controversy of Divine Presence and Absence; Debating Divine Presence and Absence in the Hebrew Bible; Debating Divine Presence and Absence in the Megilloth; Summary; Chapter 2 Five Books in Dialogue on Divine Presence and Absence
Biblical Texts in Dialogue: A Literary-theological ApproachTable Conversation: A Methodological Metaphor; Discovering the Dialogue; Chapter 3 Perceiving Divine Absence; Literary Absence of God: A Dialogue between Song of Songs and Esther; Divine Abandonment: A Dialogue between Lamentations and Ruth; Summary of Divine Absence; Chapter 4 Perceiving Divine Presence; God-talk: A Dialogue among Ecclesiastes, Ruth, and Lamentations; The Edenic Presence of God: A Dialogue between Lamentations and Song of Songs; Summary of Divine Presence; Chapter 5 Perceiving Divine Providence
Miqreh in Retrospect: A Dialogue between Ruth and EcclesiastesDivine-Human Action: A Dialogue between Ruth and Esther; Summary of Divine Providence; Chapter 6 Perceiving Divine Silence: A Dialogue among the Megilloth; Differentiating Impressions of Divine Silence; Comparing Incomprehensible Divine Silence in Ecclesiastes and Lamentations; Summary of Divine Silence; Conclusion: The Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence in the Megilloth; Implications; Suggestions for Further Research; Bibliography; Index of Textual References; Index of Authors
Summary In Where is God in the Megilloth? Brittany N. Melton constructs a dialogue among Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs centred on this question, in an effort to settle the debate about whether God is present or absent in these books. Their juxtaposition in the Hebrew Bible highlights their shared theme of apparent divine absence, but, paradoxically, traces of God's presence are unearthed as well. By examining various aspects of this theme, including the literary absence of God, divine abandonment, God-talk, allusive language, God's providence, and divine silence, it becomes clear that the ambiguity of divine presence and absence in the Megilloth presents a significant challenge to current conceptualizations of divine presence and absence in the Hebrew Bible
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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SUBJECT Bible. Five Scrolls -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Five Scrolls fast
Subject Hidden God -- Biblical teaching
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Sacred Writings.
Hidden God -- Biblical teaching
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018017560
ISBN 9789004368958
9004368957