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The Suffering of God: An Old Testament Perspective

The Suffering of God

An Old Testament Perspective

Terence E. Fretheim (Author)


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In this comprehensive and thought-provoking study, Terence Fretheim focuses on the theme of divine suffering, an aspect of our understanding of God which both the church and scholarship have neglected. Maintaining that "metaphors matter," Fretheim carefully examines the ruling and anthropomorphic metaphors of the Old Testament and discusses them in the context of current biblical-theological scholarship. His aim is to broaden our understanding of the God of the Old Testament by showing that "suffering belongs to the person and purpose of God".
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800615383
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date October 1, 1984

Table of Contents

    Editor's Foreword

  1. Introduction
  2. What Kind of God?
    Anthropomorphic Metaphor

  3. God in Old Testament Theology
  4. A Metaphoric Shift
    Convergence and Pluralism
    Story and Generalization
    The Old Testament God and Contemporary Issues

  5. God and World: Basic Prespectives
  6. God's Relationship to the World Is Real and Has Integrity
    God is Internally Related to the World

  7. God and World: Foreknowledge
  8. The Divine Perhaps
    The Divine If
    The Divine Consultation
    The Divine Question

  9. God and World: Presence and Power
  10. Intensifications of the Divine Presence
    Divine Presence and Divine Absence
    Divine Freedom and Accessibility
    Immanence and Transcendence
    Presence, Relationship, and Power

  11. God in Human Form
  12. Theophany
    Visible Words
    Meteorological Phenomena
    In Human Form
    Divine Vulnerability
    The Humann Form of God

  13. God Suffers Because
  14. A Broken Relationship
    The Memory of God
    The Future of God

  15. God Suffers With
  16. Rooted in Israel's Experience
    God as Mourner

  17. God Suffers For
  18. God's Self-Giving
    Divine Humiliation

  19. Prophet, Theophany, and the Suffering of God
  20. Prophet and Messenger
    The Prophet's Suffering Because of Being Rejected
    The Prophet's Suffering With the People
    The Prophet's Suffering For the People