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Tears: Towards a Biblical Theology

[vi] Kübler-Ross, 45.

[vii] Patton and Hawley, 1.

[viii] Herbert W. Basser, “A Love for All Seasons: Weeping in Jewish Sources,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 184.

[ix] Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman, III, “Tears” in Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove: IVP, 1998), 845.

[x] Basser, 180.

[xi] Ibid., 193.

[xii] Ibid.

[xiii] Nancy Van Dyke Platt and Chilton R. Knudsen, So You Think You Don’t Know One?: Addiction and Recovery in Clergy and Congregations, Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 2010, 34.

[xiv] Gary L. Ebersole, “The Poetics and Politics of Ritualized Weeping in Early and Medieval Japan” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 41.

[xv] Gay Ord Pollock Lynch, “Why Do Your Eyes Not Run Like a River?: Ritual Tears in Ancient and Modern Greek Funerary Traditions,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 77.

[xvi] Kay Almere Read, “Productive Tears: Weeping Speech, Water, and the Underworld in the Mexica Tradition,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 52-53.

[xvii] John Stratton Hawley, “The Gopīs’ Tears” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 94-95.

[xviii] Patton and Hawley, 19.

[xix] William C. Chittick, “Weeping in Classical Sufism,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 138.

[xx] Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, “Pray with Tears and Your Request Will Find a Hearing: On the Iconology of the Magdalene’s Tears,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 203.

[xxi] Ibid., 205.

[xxii] Bishop Kallistos Ware, “An Obscure Matter: The Mystery of Tears in Orthodox Spirituality,” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), 243.

[xxiii] Apostolos-Cappadona, 205.

[xxiv] Ibid., 206.

[xxv] Douglas John Hall, God and Human Suffering: An Exercise in the Theology of the Cross (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986), 21.

[xxvi] Ibid., 38.

[xxvii] Ibid., 126.

[xxviii] Ibid., 45.

[xxix] Ibid., 46.

[xxx] Apostolos-Cappadona, 203.

[xxxi] Ryken, Wilhoit, and Longman, III, 846.

[xxxii] Warren Baker, ed. The Complete Word Study Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG, 1994), 2455.

[xxxiii] Willem A. VanGemeren, New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Grand Rapids; Zondervan, 1997), 1:975.

[xxxiv] Spiros Zodhiates, ed., The Complete Word Study New Testament (Chattanooga; AMG, 1991), 1250.

[xxxv] Hall, 54-55.

[xxxvi] Ibid., 60.

[xxxvii] All Scripture unless otherwise noted is from the English Standard Version.

[xxxviii] Patrick D. Miller, “Heaven’s Prisoners: The Lament as Christian Prayer,” in Lament: Reclaiming Practices in Pulpit, Pew, and Public Square, eds. Sally A. Brown and Patrick D. Miller (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004), 16.

[xxxix] Ibid.

[xl] Kathleen O’Conner. The Wisdom Literature (Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1988), 104.

[xli] Scott A. Ellington, Risking Truth: Reshaping the World through Prayers of Lament (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2008), 113.

[xlii] Hall, 62.

[xliii] Ibid.

[xliv] Ellington, 118.

[xlv] Nancy J. Duff, Recovering Lamentation as a Practice in the Church,” in Lament: Reclaiming Practices in Pulpit, Pew, and Public Square, eds. Sally A. Brown and Patrick D. Miller (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004), 4.

[xlvi] Patton and Hawley, 14.

[xlvii] Miller, 16.

[xlviii] Ibid.

[xlix] Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987), 90.

[l] Ibid., 91.

[li] Ellington, 41.

[lii] Richard Elliott Friedman, The Hidden Face of God (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1996), 104.

[liii] Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology (New York: Harper and Row, 1974), 222.

[liv] Ellington, 18.

[lv] Ibid., 42-43.

[lvi] Ibid., 44.

[lvii] Ibid., 41.

[lviii] Ibid., 47.

[lix] Ibid.

[lx] Hall, 117.

[lxi] Joseph M. Hallman, The Descent of God: Divine Suffering in History and Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991), 69.

[lxii] Miller, 20.

[lxiii] Ibid., 21.

[lxiv] Hallman, 84.

[lxv] Ibid., 78.

[lxvi] Hall, 108.

[lxvii] Hallman, 98.

[lxviii] Sammy Alfaro, Divino Compañero: Toward a Hispanic Pentecostal Christology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010), 105.

[lxix] Ibid.

[lxx] Ada María Isasi-Díaz, “Christ in Mujerista Theology,” In Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning, ed. Tatha Wiley (New York: Continuum, 2003), 159.

[lxxi] Ellington, 40.

[lxxii] Ibid., 34.

[lxxiii] Hall, 118.

[lxxiv] Calvin Miller, Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 76.

[lxxv] Moltmann, 223.

[lxxvi] Jackie David Johns and Cheryl Bridges Johns, “Yielding to the Spirit: A Pentecostal Approach to Group Bible Study,” in Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, ed. Lee Roy Martin (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2013), 36.

[lxxvii] Ibid., 35.

[lxxviii] Ellington, 23.

[lxxix] Robby Waddell, “Hearing what the Spirit Says to the Churches: Profile of a Pentecostal Reader of the Apocalypse,” In Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, ed. Lee Roy Martin (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2013), 184.

[lxxx] Ellington, 40.

[lxxxi] Andrew Davies, “What Does it Mean to Read the Bible as a Pentecostal?” in Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, ed. Lee Roy Martin (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2013), 252.

[lxxxii] Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (New York: Oxford, 1985), 6.

[lxxxiii] Hawley, 106.

[lxxxiv] Apostolos-Cappadona, 203.

[lxxxv] Ware, 251.

[lxxxvi] Albert Y. Hsu, Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope (Downers Grove, IVP, 2002), 45.

[lxxxvii] Ellington, xiii.

[lxxxviii] Ibid., 3.

[lxxxix] Hsu, 45.

[xc] Wolterstorff, 67.

[xci] Ibid., 81.

[xcii] Ellington, xii.

[xciii] Ibid., 3.

[xciv] Ibid., 26.

[xcv] Hall, 140.

[xcvi] Wolterstorff, 96.

[xcvii] Lorna Collier, “Why We Cry: New Research is Opening Eyes to the Psychology of Tears,” Monitor on Psychology, February 2014, 47.

[xcviii] Stanley Hauerwas, Naming the Silences: God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990), 53.

[xcix] Ellington, 46.

[c] Ibid., 65.

 

Sources Consulted

Alfaro, Sammy. Divino Compañero: Toward a Hispanic Pentecostal Christology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.

Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane. “Pray with Tears and Your Request Will Find a Hearing: On the Iconology of the Magdalene’s Tears.” in Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination, 201-228. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005).

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