Justice in Micha: A Traditio-historical Analysis of the Concept :
The prophet Micah announced the destruction of Samaria, shortly before
722 BC, and Jerusalem, shortly before 70] BC, because of social injustice.
About a hundred years later the unfulfilled prophecy on Jerusalem was
newly "discovered" when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem in 586/7
BC New reasons are given for the destruction of Jerusalem. It is not
primarily because of social injustice bur also bacause of theological
reasons that the city was destroyed. These two aspects now play the
dominant role in defining justice. Micha 6:8 functions as a summary of the
first parts of the book of ltJicah but also points forward to the remaining
part of the book. In this new context, justice has both a social and a
Continued 2001 as 'Verbum et Ecclesia'
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