The Experience of the Israelite Exiles in Psalm 137 Compared with the Displaced Persons in Nigeria Today. A Presentist Interpretation of the Bible

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Displacement from home as a refugee easily creates hopelessness for the victims. The recent history of Nigeria reflects this paradigm. Utilizing exegetical methods in the study of the lamentations of the Old Testament exiles contained in Psalm 137 within this the author examines the feelings of hope and despair. From a Presentist perspective a comparative evaluation of victims' attitudes and hopes for restoration are considered.


" No one can deny that the need for the restoration of realistic hope to the suffering and displaced people of Nigeria is great. Rev. Dr. Umoren, in this work, has dexterously traced a pathway to this desire of our hearts in a presentist fashion... I unreservedly recommend it to all-Church and State personnel everywhere in the world- who look forward to the restoration of displaced peoples to their land and life."
Fr. Iffiok Edem Inyang, MSP
National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Explication of Terms
*Israelite Exiles
*Psalm 137
*Displaced Persons in Nigeria
*Presentist Interpretation of the Bible

III. Exegesis of Psalm 137
*Analyzing the Psalm
*Appreciating the Aspect of Lament
*Interpreting Psalm 137
*Identifying Hope in the Hopelessness of Exiles

IV. Internal Displacement Today
*The Global Experience. Terrorist Groups and Abduction
*The Nigerian Experience. Insurgency and Kidnappings
*The Plight of the Internally Displaced in Nigeria Today.

V. A Presentist Appreciation of the Import of Hope in the Life of the Displaced
*Comparative Analysis of the Plight of the Israelite Exiles and that of Displaced Persons in Nigeria Today
*Hope at the Service of Old Testament Exiles
*Hope at the Service of Today's Displaced Victims of Insurgency

VI. Evaluation
*The General Value of this Presentist Biblical Interpretation
*The Specific Value: For Present day Israel; For Present day Nigeria

VII. Conclusion

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