Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms

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Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. / Lindström, Fredrik.

Almqvist & Wiksell, 1994. (Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series).

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Lindström, F 1994, Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series, Almqvist & Wiksell.

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Lindström, F. (1994). Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. (Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series). Almqvist & Wiksell.

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Lindström F 1994. Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. Almqvist & Wiksell. (Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series).

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Lindström, Fredrik Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series. Almqvist & Wiksell. 1994.

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Lindström F. Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. Almqvist & Wiksell, 1994. (Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series).

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Lindström, Fredrik. / Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms. Almqvist & Wiksell, 1994. (Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series).

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TY - BOOK

T1 - Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms

AU - Lindström, Fredrik

N1 - 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)

PY - 1994

Y1 - 1994

N2 - The intention of this study is to question the supposed self-evident connection between sickness and sin in the individual complaint psalms. On the basis of a careful analysis of the psalms which contain the three motifs divine absence, divine wrath, and man’s guilt, the author problematizes this aspect of the exegetical literature’s widespread interpretation of the theological dimension of illness. As an alternative, the understanding of life which characterizes these psalms is brought to the fore. The individual’s relationship to God is not understood in light of the categories guilt and innocence, but rather in relation to YHWH’s freely given gifts of existence by which the threatened person is received into the saving presence of God. Like life itself, this foundational divine presence is something which cannot be claimed, impossible for man to appropriate by his own attitude or achievements. For that reason, the theory of individual retribution does not function as an interpretation of YHWH’s role in situations of acute suffering. Rather, the sudden loss of the presence of God and the life-threatening situation which thereby arises remains for the individual a something uncalculated and irrational. The divine presence is continually threatened, but neither from its Giver nor its receiver. This threat comes from a realm competing with God and life. The God of the psalms is the giver of life, not its destroyer.

AB - The intention of this study is to question the supposed self-evident connection between sickness and sin in the individual complaint psalms. On the basis of a careful analysis of the psalms which contain the three motifs divine absence, divine wrath, and man’s guilt, the author problematizes this aspect of the exegetical literature’s widespread interpretation of the theological dimension of illness. As an alternative, the understanding of life which characterizes these psalms is brought to the fore. The individual’s relationship to God is not understood in light of the categories guilt and innocence, but rather in relation to YHWH’s freely given gifts of existence by which the threatened person is received into the saving presence of God. Like life itself, this foundational divine presence is something which cannot be claimed, impossible for man to appropriate by his own attitude or achievements. For that reason, the theory of individual retribution does not function as an interpretation of YHWH’s role in situations of acute suffering. Rather, the sudden loss of the presence of God and the life-threatening situation which thereby arises remains for the individual a something uncalculated and irrational. The divine presence is continually threatened, but neither from its Giver nor its receiver. This threat comes from a realm competing with God and life. The God of the psalms is the giver of life, not its destroyer.

KW - Temple theology

KW - Zion tradition

KW - Jerusalem cult

KW - Divine wrath

KW - Divine presence

KW - God

KW - Personal piety

KW - Individual retribution

KW - Sickness

KW - Death

KW - Sin

KW - Evil

KW - Suffering

KW - Prayer

KW - Individual complaint psalms

KW - Psalter

KW - Book of Psalms

KW - Bible

KW - Old Testament

M3 - Book

SN - 91-22-01580-9

T3 - Coniectanea Biblica: Old Testament Series

BT - Suffering and Sin: Interpretations of Illness in the Individual Complaint Psalms

PB - Almqvist & Wiksell

ER -