By Henning Graf Reventlow, Yair Hoffman
The life of evil on this planet represents the most advanced difficulties if you happen to think in God. the following, quite a number Jewish and Christian individuals learn the problem of evil within the Bible and its impression on Judaism and Christianity from various views. for instance, how has Jewish mysticism defined evil, and what have been Luther's innovations at the subject? The discussion among experts from assorted fields permits a huge review of this problematical factor. this can be quantity 366 within the magazine for the research of the outdated testomony complement sequence.
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13. Levenson, Creation, 66-77. 14. Levenson, Creation, 121. 18 The Problem of Evil and its Symbols in Jewish and Christian Tradition unproven: (a) the creation story presupposes that God did not create the primordial creatures; (b) those creatures, the embodiment of evil, were believed not to have been utterly annihilated; (c) a New Year Festival, that focused on helping Yhwh to fight the powers of Evil, existed, and played a central role in the Israelite cult. Assuming that these claims are, at the least, not free from doubt, the question remains: was the very existence of evil a theological problem in biblical Israel?
B. Doyle; Historical Commentary on the Old Testament; Leuven: Peeters, 1998), 58-62. K. -J. Kraus, Klagelieder (Threni) (BKAT; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2nd edn, 1960), 15-18; B. Albrektson, 'The Background and Origin of the Theology of Lamentations', in idem, Studies in the Text and Theology of the Book of Lamentations (Studia Theologica Lundensia, 21; Lund: C. K. K. P. Re'emi, 'The Theology of Hope: A Commentary on the Book of Lamentations', in R. P. B. Salters, Jonah and Lamentations (OTG; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994), esp.
L. Greenstein, 'Lament over the Destruction of City and Temple in Early Israelite Literature', in Z. Talshir et al. (eds), Homage to Shmuel: Studies in the World of the Bible 34 The Problem of Evil and its Symbols in Jewish and Christian Tradition perspective, the Sumerian laments do not blame the destruction of Mesopotamian cities and temples by the high gods, An and Enlil, on the sins of the people. The gods have their own reasons or no reason at all. 31 The point should not be overstated, however; for while sin is occasionally mentioned in Lamentations, that sin is never specified.
The Problem of Evil and its Symbols in Jewish and Christian Tradition (JSOT Supplement Series) by Henning Graf Reventlow, Yair Hoffman