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Schlimm, Matthew Richard
From Fratricide to Forgiveness. The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2011. XIV, 242 S. m. Abb. 22,8 x 15,0 cm = Siphrut, 7. Geb. US$ 34,50. ISBN 978-1-57506-224-2.
John E. Anderson
Matthew Schlimm, assistant professor of Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, offers a thoughtful and engaging reading of the ethics of anger in the Bible’s first book. This work is a revision of S.’s dissertation completed at Duke University under the direction of James Crenshaw.
The book is divided into three unequal parts, two methodological and one exegetical. After a brief introduction defending the value of emotion and anger as an interpretive lens for Genesis, S. commences in Part 1 with a thorough examination of the Hebrew Bible’s view on anger as a means of laying his methodological foundation. Chapter 2 wrestles with the complex issue of translating emotion, noting that while translation itself is always an act that inflicts violence upon ...
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