MICAH 4:1-5 AND A JUDEAN EXPERIENCE OF TRAUMA

Alphonso Groenewald

Abstract


 One should not underestimate the impact suffering has on a community. Therefore in biblical studies we are aware, more than ever before, of the impact traumatic events had on individuals and groups. Trauma studies have become an important part of the textual analysis as the exegete turns to potential markers of trauma in the literary prophecy of the HB. The aim of this article is, first of all, to give an overview of the development of trauma studies, as well the influence trauma studies had on Biblical Studies. Secondly, this article will reflect on trauma and experiences of trauma – especially collective trauma of a community – as portrayed in the book of Micah. This is illustrated by an analysis of Micah 4:1-5, a pericope that is part of a biblical book that seems to accentuate that restoration and transformation can only take place after judgement.


Keywords


Micah 4:1-5; Trauma; Trauma Studies; Restoration; Transformation; Judgement

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/116-2-1329

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