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God, Anger and Ideology

The Anger of God in Joshua and Judges in Relation to Deuteronomy and the Priestly Writings

God, Anger and Ideology

The Anger of God in Joshua and Judges in Relation to Deuteronomy and the Priestly Writings

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£120.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781850759225
Number of Pages: 108
Published: 01/11/1998
A study of the growth of Joshua and Judges illustrates how the theme of divine anger has been used differently, according to different historical and social settings. In the deuteronomistic texts the main reason for God's anger is idolatry, which symbolizes a totally negative attitude to everything that God has done or given to the Israelites. This theology of anger is deeply bound to experiences of national catastrophes or threats of crises, and reflects the theological enigma of the exile. A century later, post-deuteronomistic theology gives a wholly different view: the anger of God becomes an instrument of the power struggles between the Israelite parties, or is used for protecting existing leadership.

Dr Kari Latvus

Kari Latvus is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Theology and Biblical Studies at the Diaconia Polytechnic, JArvenpAA, Finland.

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