Simul Justus et Peccator: Suffering and Sin in Lamentations

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For a long time, Lamentations 3 has been considered a form-critical, redaction-critical and theological outsider in the book of Lamentations by Old Testament scholars. Many commentators have focused on the gäbär’s higher consciousness of sin and repentance as opposed to the lamenting female voice, as discussed by e.g. Claus Westermann and Tod Linafeldt. In this article, I shall first discuss the theology of Lamentations 3 as a backdrop for an analysis of the confession of sin in Psa 51:6–8 and then return to the balance between justified suffering as opposed to overwhelming (unjustified?) suffering in the book of Lamentations, seen through the lens of trauma.
TitelSin, Suffering, and the Problem of Evil
RedaktørerDavid Davage, Blaženka Scheuer
ForlagMohr Siebeck
Publikationsdato4 jun. 2021
ISBN (Trykt) 978-3-16-157538-9
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-16-157539-6
StatusUdgivet - 4 jun. 2021
NavnForschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe


  • Lamentations 3
  • Suffering
  • haggeber
  • Trauma
  • sin