Der untreue Gott und sein treues Volk
Anklage Gottes angesichts unschuldigen Leidens nach Psalm 44
1. Edition 2009
Bonn University Press at V&R unipress
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Human beings suffering innocently raise the question why God allows fundamental evil. This leads to presume that God himself has its responsible part in the realization of suffering. The biblical texts of complaint and accusation open space and time for such inquiry and offer the possibility of the readers own performance of lament. But is it really permitted to speak with God and to God in this way?
Psalm 44 is Israels cry of charge to his God – as a prayer. In this psalm the literary concepts of the afflicted prophet, the substitutional suffering servant of God, as well as of Job disputing against his creator, come to their culmination. Israel itself is the righteous servant, who contributes to the divine glorification through his disease. The accusatory texts of the bible take God serious in his responsibility for the preservation of his orderly creation and require his healing presence. They are Israels dramatic and theocentric testimony for God, they are theology…