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Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do What is Right?

Studies on the Nature of God in Tribute to James L. Crenshaw

Edited by David Penchansky and Paul L. Redditt

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Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do What is Right?

Studies on the Nature of God in Tribute to James L. Crenshaw

Edited by David Penchansky and Paul L. Redditt

Does God, in fact, always show love toward those who love him and faithfully serve him? Even apart from the fact that God punishes those who clearly deserve his wrath, and even apart from his hostility to Israel’s enemies, what do we do with the not insignificant number of passages in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible where it could be said that he turns against his own people or members of that people, attacking them without cause, or at least with excessive violence?

 

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Does God, in fact, always show love toward those who love him and faithfully serve him? Even apart from the fact that God punishes those who clearly deserve his wrath, and even apart from his hostility to Israel’s enemies, what do we do with the not insignificant number of passages in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible where it could be said that he turns against his own people or members of that people, attacking them without cause, or at least with excessive violence?

Professor James Crenshaw, perhaps more than any other single scholar of this generation, has led the way into discussion of this pivotal matter, and the essays included in this volume are based on or react to his seminal contributions to the topic.

R. N. Whybray, ‘Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do What Is Just? God’s Oppression of the Innocent in the Old Testament’

Walter Brueggemann, ‘Texts That Linger, Not Yet Overcome’

Magne Saebo, ‘Yahweh as Deus Absconditus: Some Remarks on a Dictum by Gerhard von Rad’

Lennart Bostrom, ‘Patriarchal Models for Piety’

Otto Kaiser, ‘Deus Absconditus and Deus Revelatus: Three Difficult Narratives in the Pentateuch’

Lou H. Silberman, ‘You Cannot See My Face: Seeking to Understand Divine Justice’

Douglas A. Knight, ‘Whose Agony? Whose Ecstacy? The Divine Politics of Deuteronomic Law’

R. E. Clements, ‘Achan’s Sin: Warfare and Holiness’

Marti Steussy, ‘The Problematic God of Samuel’

Walter Harrelson, ‘Why, O Lord, Do You Harden Our Heart? A Plea for Help from a Hiding God’

Paul L. Redditt, ‘The God Who Loves and Hates’

Roland Murphy, ‘Wisdom and Yahwism Revisited’

Leo G. Perdue, ‘Revelation and the Problem of the Hidden God in Second Temple Wisdom Literature’

David Penchansky, ‘Job’s Wife: The Satan’s Handmaid’

Antoon Schoors, ‘The Verb haya in Qoheleth’

Bernhard Lang, ‘The Our Father as John the Baptist’s Political Prayer: A Ritual Response to the Absence of God’s Kingdom’

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