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Title: The Tears of God in the Book of Jeremiah
Author(s): BOSWORTH, David A.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 94    Issue: 1   Date: 2013   
Pages: 24-46
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.94.1.3186136

Abstract :
The article analyzes several passages in Jeremiah in which God weeps in order to understand the function of divine weeping in the book. Attention to the distribution of weeping in the book finds that God’s weeping (8,23; 9,9.17; 13,17; 14,17) gives way to divine anger and refusal to hear the petitions of the people (15,1; 16,5-7). LXX and many modern commentators have attempted to deny that God weeps in these passages. However, several texts clearly depict God weeping, and weeping deities are common in ancient Near Eastern literature.

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