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Title: Dieu, ami des pauvres: Etude sur la connivence entre le Tres-Haut et les petits
Author: Coulange, Pierre
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783727815744
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
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This study in biblical theology starts from an observation on Psalm 113: this psalm brings to mind the grandeur of God, who dwells in the heavens, and his care for the poor and the barren woman. Instead of being two different elements each conveying a particular attribute of God, it appears that these two aspects constitute a single divine attribute: it is precisely because God is so great that he can search as far as the ash heap to see those who lie in extreme marginality. A strange antinomy links together two opposites: the Most High God finds himself next to the lowliest, the poorest.The themes of looking down and raising up prompt us to engage in the study of two other scriptural passages. Isaiah 57:15 displays the theme of the twofold dwelling of the Lord: in the high and holy place, and also among the contrite and humble. When compared with Psalms 113, this goes even farther because dwelling with someone indicates a link of proximity much stronger than raising him up. Furthermore, according to Isaiah 57, the Lord not only dwells with the contrite but also renews life in him. Again an amazing form of grandeur on the part of the Lord is affirmed: in order to establish his dwelling with humanity, God chooses the contrite and humble. He who dwells in the sublime places renders assistance to the weakest in concrete ways, as for example, the judicial domain where God makes himself advocate, the go'el of the weak. The final part of this study considers the relationship between God and the poor from the point of view of the relation of the Creator to his creature. Proverbs 14:31 invites to us a question: why is the Creator affected by the oppression of the poor? It appears that the act of creation implies a certain number of prerogatives: God is implied in his creature he imprints his mark on it, his image. He recognizes himself in it. His paternity makes him a protector, a close relative.