Date of Award
Doctor of Theology (ThD)
Alfred von Rohr Sauer
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Amos 3:8; Amos 7:14-15; Amos 7:1-9:4; Amos 1:3-2:3; Exodus 32:12-14; 2 Samuel 24:16; Jeremiah 18:10; Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Amos 3:2; Amos 2:9-19; Amos 5:4ff; Amos 3:10-11; Amos 4:4-5; Amos 5:5, 21-22; Amos 5:14b; Exodus 34:6; Amos 9:7; Amos 2:6, 13-16; Amos 4:12; Amos 9:10; Genesis 44:21; Jeremiah 39:12; Jeremiah 40:4; Jeremiah 24:6; Amos 4:6-12; Amos 5:18-19; Amos 6:9-10; Amos 5:24; Amos 4:2-3; Amos 5:11, 26; 1 Kings 14:4-13; 2 Kings 9:1-3; 1 Kings 17:1;
It is therefore the purpose of this study to defend the thesis that the juxtaposition of the message of total judgment and that of full grace has a theological basis. There is a great tension between judgment and grace; yet these two seemingly opposed items have a deep unity in the nature of Yahweh. Therefore the ultimate purpose of this study is to determine the prophetic understanding of the nature of Yahweh. The conclusion reached and supported throughout is that it is the suffering love of Yahweh which forms the basis of the message of both judgment and grace which the prophets proclaim. Yahweh works in both judgment and grace to accomplish his purpose of' salvation for his people. The tension between these two, however, points to a tension in Yahweh himself between his wrath and his love, a tension that involves suffering for Yahweh. The issue of this suffering love is the salvation of Israel.
Ludwig, Theodore, "The Suffering Love of God: The Tension Between Judgement and Grace in the Pre-Exilic Prophets" (1963). Doctor of Theology Dissertation. 59.
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