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Eerlik met God in die krisisuur

H. Olivier, P. Swanepoel
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 31, No 3 | a1608 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v31i3.1608 | © 1997 H. Olivier, P. Swanepoel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 1997 | Published: 13 June 1997

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H. Olivier,, South Africa
P. Swanepoel,, South Africa

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The quintessence of the hypothesis stated in this article is that the genre of penitential psalms requires a finer definition. This would ensure a clearer disclosure of theological abundance within the literature of the book of Psalms and contribute to our understanding of human suffering. Two categories are distinguished in the penitential psalms, namely the non-God-lament psalms which still bring praise to God and the God-lament psalms. In the God-lament psalms a protest is entered against God and He is approached as an aloof bystander or an active antagonist. Simultaneously, however, the complaint is issued from within the relationship of trust the poet has in Yahweh by virtue of the covenant


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