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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSin, Suffering, and the Problem of Evil
EditorsDavid Davage, Blaženka Scheuer
Place of publicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Publication year4 Jun 2021
Pages207-224
ISBN (print) 978-3-16-157538-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-16-157539-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2021
SeriesForschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe
Volume126
ISSN1611-4914

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