Does God Suffer???
At the recent SBL, Matthew R. Schlimm of Duke University gave this poster presentation, which really caught my eye. His research is forthcoming in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, but Matthew was kind enough to send me his poster for posting both here and on the MAR-SBL WebSite. For the PDF/Acrobat file, which you can enlarge and see in detail, click here.
The conclusions? There is definitely shared suffering on the part of God! However, there are also some fascinating differences between the divine realm and the realm of human suffering. Comments welcome... (You can also contact Matt at the email address on the poster.)