This collection of essays focuses on the book of Job, exploring the complex interplay of methodology and hermeneutics. There are two major parts: approaches that are primarily historical, i.e. the recovery of what the text “meant”; and those that are contextual, i.e. that take seriously the context of reading. Both approaches engage the theological issue of how this reading helps us to better appropriate what the text “means”. Contributors include Stephen Cook, Corrine Patton, James Watts, Mark S. Smith, Douglas J. Green, Victoria Hoffer, Ellen F. Davis, and Claire Matthews McGinnis.
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Stephen Cook is an associate professor at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
Corrine Patton is an associate professor at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota.
James Watts is an associate professor of religion at Syracuse University.