Ordets hyggda i Babel, Alexandria, Hippo och Lissabon: Om teodicén som hermeneutisk metod

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We are constantly reminded of the problem of evil. There are a number of models to cope with theodicy, but the problem with most of them is that, in different ways, they tend to legitimate evil and accuse the victims. In this article it is suggested that theodicy may serve as a hermeneutical key when reading often marginalised or misunderstood text belonging to the Jewish and Christian traditions. This approach is applied to three different textual corpora: Rabbinic literature, so-called Gnostic texts, and the writings of Augustine. Read in this way, these texts offer us an insight into the authors' theological priorities. All of them repudiate simplistic explanations which accuse those wo have been suffering from misfortune.


  • Jesper Svartvik
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • original sin, Augustine, Gnosticism, Theodicy, Rabbinic Judaism
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Specialist publication or newspaperSvensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift
PublisherSvensk teologisk kvartalskrift
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryPopular science

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)