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Divine Wrath and Human Anger: Embarrassment Ancient and New

The author argues that embarrassment over references to divine wrath in more recent times reflects a similar embarrassment or at least ambivalence among writers, pagan and Christian, in Late Antiquity. Patristic writers were especially sensitive to the ways human rage could inform Scripture readers’ understanding of divine wrath. Although insisting that God’s indignation was a component of divine justice, these writers employed a range of strategies to dissociate God from forms of violence generated by anger.

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