Bernd Janowski

»Meine Haut ist schwarz geworden an mir« (Hi 30,30)

Bilder des zerbrechenden Lebens im Alten Testament

Volume 120 () / Issue 1, pp. 1-26 (26)
Published 21.02.2023

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The Old Testament describes at length experiences of suffering and pain. The question is how these experiences are expressed. A particular stylistic device is the comparison to animals, plants and objects, which are encountered above all in prophetic texts, in the Psalter and in the wisdom literature of the sapiential books. Taking examples from Job 30:24 – 31; Ps 22:13 – 19; 42:1 – 6 and Ps 102:4 – 12, it is shown that and how metaphorical language illustrates areas of human experiences on the threshold of suffering and pain that are barred to conceptual thought.

Bernd Janowski Geboren 1943; Studium der Ev. Theologie, Ägyptologie und Assyriologie in Tübingen; 1980 Promotion, 1984 Habilitation; Mitglied der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften; emeritierter Professor für Theologie des Alten Testaments in Tübingen.