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Where Is God in the Megilloth?: A Dialogue on the Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence
Melton, Brittany N.

Leiden: Brill, 2018 pp. xii + 223. $125.00

Series Information
Oudtestamentische StudiŽn, 73


Description: In Where is God in the Megilloth? Brittany Melton constructs a dialogue among Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs centered on this question in an effort to settle the debate about whether God is present or absent in these books. Their juxtaposition in the Hebrew Bible highlights their shared theme of apparent divine absence, but, paradoxically, traces of God's presence are unearthed as well. By examining various aspects of this theme, including the literary absence of God, divine abandonment, God-talk, allusive language, Godís providence, and divine silence, it becomes clear that the ambiguity of divine presence and absence in the Megilloth presents a significant challenge to current conceptualizations of divine presence and absence in the Hebrew Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth, Writings, Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Aaron Koller
Published 4/11/2019
Citation: Aaron Koller, review of Brittany N. Melton, Where Is God in the Megilloth? A Dialogue on the Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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