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Provocation and Punishment: The Anger of God in the Book of Jeremiah and Deuteronomistic Theology
Joo, Samantha

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2006 pp. xiii + 320. $118.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 361


Description: This book examines the problem of theodicy arising from the fall of Jerusalem (587 B.C.E.) in the book of Jeremiah. It explores the ways in which the authors of the book of Jeremiah tried to explain away their God's responsibility while clinging to the idea of divine mastery over human affairs. In order to trace the development of a particular book's understanding of God's role in meting out punishments, this book analyzes all the passages containing the word pivotal, הכעיס (“to provoke to anger”) in Deuteronomistic History and the book of Jeremiah.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism

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Review by Mark Leuchter
Published 4/28/2007
Citation: Mark Leuchter, review of Samantha Joo, Provocation and Punishment: The Anger of God in the Book of Jeremiah and Deuteronomistic Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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