Mourner, Mother, Midwife: Reimagining God's Delivering Presence in the Old Testament  -     By: L. Juliana M. Claassens
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Mourner, Mother, Midwife: Reimagining God's Delivering Presence in the Old Testament

Westminster John Knox Press / 2012 / Paperback

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* A fresh interpretation challenging the traditional mighty warrior, wrathful avenger, and punishing God imagery of the Old Testament. Claassen discusses how ancient Israelite feminine metaphors symbolizing a life-giving God can help today's believers cope with individual, community, national, and global trauma---and bring forth new life out of death and destruction. 116 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 116
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 066423836X
ISBN-13: 9780664238360

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Traditional understandings of God as deliverer depict God as a mighty liberator-warrior and wrathful avenger. Juliana Claassens explores alternative Old Testament metaphors that portray God as mourner, mother, and midwife--images that resist the violence and bloodshed associated with the dominant warrior imagery.

Claassens discusses how metaphors of God as life giver began to develop in the aftermath of the trauma of Israelite exile. She offers compelling examples of how this feminine imagery still has the power to inspire hope amidst violence in today’s world. She demonstrates that God’s delivering presence helps people of faith cope with trauma and suffering on many levels--individual, community, national, and global--while bringing forth new life out of death and destruction.

Author Bio

L. Juliana M. Claassens is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She previously taught in the United States at Wesley Theological Seminary and Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of The God Who Provides: Biblical Images of Divine Nourishment.

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