The Righteous Suffering Servant: Observations about a Theological Problem in Four Individual Complaint Psalms
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Paganini, S. (2020). The Righteous Suffering Servant: Observations about a Theological Problem in Four Individual Complaint Psalms. Old Testament Essays, 33(3), 649 - 662. Retrieved from https://ote-journal.otwsa-otssa.org.za/index.php/journal/article/view/412

Abstract

This article examines the theological problem of a righteous sufferer in four psalms (Pss 22; 27; 69; 109), and what emerges is a coherent image. The psalmist(s) who refers to God feels himself like a righteous servant; he is a religious man, but he faces suffering. The righteous sufferer is also aware of his innocence and that his pain has no real, understandable explanation. The awareness of his innocence is also the motivation to complain and search for God because God is the only one who can give an answer and a meaning to the painful situation. In the end, the righteous sufferer also realise that he does not need to be healed from suffering, instead he had to recognise the importance of God’s role in his life. This is the primary liberation that also allows him a real comprehension of his situation.

 

https://doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2020/v33n3a16

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