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The Earth Mourns/Dries Up in Jeremiah 4:23-28

Billingham, Val (2010) The Earth Mourns/Dries Up in Jeremiah 4:23-28. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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In this thesis a detailed literary analysis of Jeremiah 4:23-28 is undertaken in order to highlight the force of the text, especially in relation to the metaphors of the reversal of creation and the mourning/drying up of the earth. This study also develops a combined heuristic lens which incorporates the perspectives of several ecologists, including specific indigenous people, along with Norman Habel’s notion of a land-people-YHWH symbiotic relationship. This lens is employed through which to view Jeremiah 4:23-28 and several biblical and non-biblical Ancient Near Eastern texts which utilize similar words, phrases and images. It is argued that Jeremiah is attentive to the character of the earth and sensitive to its voice as it communicates through its unique language of movement and fertility. With the breakdown of the symbiotic relationship, the earth expresses its distress at the absence of its exiled people through its lack of productivity and the violent movement of its land forms. In a final gasp the earth raises its voice in mourning/drying up.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Jeremiah 4:23-28,earth mourning, earth dries up, symbiotic relationship, The character of the earth, Ancient Near Eastern texts
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 22:44
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/341

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