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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.23 no.1 Pretoria  2010


The Deuteronomist(s)' interpretation of exilic suffering in an African perspective



Rev. Prof David Tuesday Adamo






The question of the identity of the Deuteronomist(s) has been debated and is still in debate. While some believe he was an individual author, editor, or compiler who sought to interpret as honestly as possible the history of Israel in the light of his personal understanding of the crisis that befell Judah, others believe that the Deuteronomists are groups, schools, prophets or scribes. Be that as it may, both Deuteronomistic and African slave theologies of suffering hold similar interpretations of exilic suffering despite the events not being the same. Both interpret their suffering as retributive, divine disciplinary, redemptive, revelational, probational and eschatological.



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Rev. Prof. David Tuesday Adamo
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Kogi State Nigeria
Research Fellow Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies University of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa



1 This paper was presented at the meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, USA, November 2008.

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