Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919
OLOJEDE, Funlola. "...What of the night?" Theology of night in the Book of Job and the Psalter. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.724-737. ISSN 2312-3621. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2015/v28n3a10.
A textual overview of the book of Job and of the Psalter shows an existential correlation between night and darkness that is naturally characterised by terror, horror, agony, oppression, pain, evil and wicked activities. However, the night, a symbol of uncertainty and fear is also portrayed as a time of revelation, of fellowship, and of divine activities, which neutralises in a sense the seeming polarity and tension between night and day, between nocturnality and diur-nality. The theological analysis of the night in both the book of Job and the Psalter shows Yahweh as absolutely in control of the temporal order and it is argued that this has strong implications for wisdom theology in particular and for the theology of the HB as a whole.
Keywords : Night; Job; Psalter; darkness.