This book ventures to close a gap in recent studies on Job. Since the discoveries of the texts at Ugarit (1929) and at Ebla (1974) hundreds of new suggestions have been made for the understanding of Job based on these texts by a number of scholars, and especially by M. Dahood. All areas of ancient Hebrew are affected: orthography, lexicography, grammar, syntax, and poetic devices.
The present work attempts to present a comprehensive study with particular emphasis on the collection, summary and discussion, in one convenient place, of the many contributions which M. Dahood has made in his 30-year long publishing career. Among the methodological principles, the most important are the aims: 1) to understand the consonantal text without recourse to emendations or transposition of consonants, words, lines, or verses; 2) to recover previously unrecognized mythological references or allusions, especially names and epithets of God and the forces of death; 3) to produce a literal and still sensible translation into English. After an introduction the translation is followed by notes, a bibliography and thorough indexes.
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- Philological commentary on the Book of Job
- Discusses many contributions M. Dahood has made to the study of the text of Job
- Bibliographical references and indexes
- Title: Job in the Light of Northwest Semitic, vol. 1
- Author: Walter L. Michel
- Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
- Publication Date: 1987
- Pages: 436
About Walter L. Michel
Walter L. Michel is an associate professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He received his theological training at the Universities of Vienna and Heidelberg, where G. Fohrer and G. von Rad were among his teachers. He served as a teacher of religion in the public schools in Vienna, as a parish pastor in Illinois, and as a campus pastor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.