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Title: Where is God in the Megilloth?: A Dialogue on the Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence
Author: Melton, Brittany
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004368705
Volumes: 1; Pages: 224
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In Where is God in the Megilloth? Brittany N. Melton constructs a dialogue among Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs centred on this question, in an effort to settle the debate about whether God is present or absent in these books. Their juxtaposition in the Hebrew Bible highlights their shared theme of apparent divine absence, but, paradoxically, traces of God's presence are unearthed as well.
By examining various aspects of this theme, including the literary absence of God, divine abandonment, God-talk, allusive language, God's providence, and divine silence, it becomes clear that the ambiguity of divine presence and absence in the Megilloth presents a significant challenge to current conceptualizations of divine presence and absence in the Hebrew Bible.
Introduction: Where is God in the Megilloth?
The Controversy of Divine Presence and Absence
Five Books in Dialogue on Divine Presence and Absence
Perceiving Divine Absence
Perceiving Divine Presence
Perceiving Divine Providence
Perceiving Divine Silence: A Dialogue among the Megilloth
Conclusion: The Ambiguity of Divine Presence and Absence in the Megilloth