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Arguing with God : a theological anthropology of the Psalms

Author: Bernd Janowski
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : WJK, Westminster John Knox Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Janowski begins with an introduction to Old Testament anthropology, concentrating on themes of being forsaken by God, enmity, legal difficulties, and sickness. Each chapter defines a problem and considers it in relation to anthropological insights from related fields of study and a thematically relevant example from the Psalms, including how a central aspect of this Psalm is explored in other Old Testament or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernd Janowski
ISBN: 9780664233235 0664233236
OCLC Number: 855263692
Description: xxii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: What is a human being? --
Fundamental questions of Old Testament anthropology --
The Psalms as fundamental anthropological texts --
"How long will you hide your face?" (Ps. 13:1/2): the complaining human being --
"Swords are on their lips" (Ps. 59:7/8): the hostile human being --
"Establish justice for me according to my righteousness, YHWH!" (Ps. 7:8/9): the persecuted human being --
"When will he die and his name perish?" (Ps. 41:5/6): the human being in sickness --
Interlude: the gate to the abyss --
"My life has touched the underworld" (Ps. 88:3/4): the transitory human being --
"You have girded me with gladness" (Ps. 30:11/12): the praising human being --
"You show me the path of life" (Ps. 16:11): the gifted human being --
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Ps. 22:1/2): God's human being --
Postscript: The way toward life.
Other Titles: Konfliktgespräche mit Gott.
Responsibility: Bernd Janowski ; translated by Armin Siedlecki.

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Janowski begins with an introduction to Old Testament anthropology, concentrating on themes of being forsaken by God, enmity, legal difficulties, and sickness. Each chapter defines a problem and considers it in relation to anthropological insights from related fields of study and a thematically relevant example from the Psalms, including how a central aspect of this Psalm is explored in other Old Testament or Ancient Near Eastern texts. Each chapter concludes with an "Anthropological Keyword," which explores especially important words and phrases in the Psalms. The book also includes reflections on reading the Psalms from a New Testament perspective, focusing on themes of transience, praising God, salvation from death, and trust in God. Janowski’s study demonstrates how the Psalms have important theological implications and ultimately help us to understand what it means to be human.

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"There has not been a book like this since Hans Walter Wolff's famous Anthropology of the Old Testament. Janowski offers both insightful analyses of individual psalms and a comprehensive framework Read more...

 
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