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The Book of Job as a Greek Tragedy

by Kallen, Horace Meyer

Moffat, Yard and Company 1918

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Overview

This study asserts the similarities between the book of Job and Greek tragedy. Scholar Kallen provides valuable history and social context, showing how Job’s story emulates the style of Euripides. Although this is not the first time that parallels have been drawn between Job and Greek tragedies, it is one of the most thorough explorations on this topic ever produced. In great detail, Kallen goes over the philosophic, literary, and direct Greek connections in the text of Job. Includes an introduction by Professor George Moore.

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Key Features

  • Examines the historical and social contexts around the book of Job
  • Provides a thorough study on the parallels between Job and Greek tragedies
  • Explores the nature of God, the problem of evil, and other themes found in Job

Contents

  • Introductory Essay: The Original Form and Philosophic Leanings of Job
    • The Original Form of Job
      • Greek Influence on Hebrew Life and Letters
      • Job and the Euripidean Tradition
      • The Literary Form of the Book of Job
    • The Joban Philosophy of Life
      • Job and the “Problem of Evil”
      • Social Conflicts and Divine Attitudes: or the Evolution of the “Problem of Evil” in the Social and Political History of the Jewish State
      • The “Suffering Servant” and the Joban Indictment of God
      • The Nature of God
      • The Excellence Proper to Man: The Destiny of Man
      • Conclusion: The Humanism of the Hebraic Mind
    • The Present Text of the Book of Job
  • The Tragedy of Job

Product Details

  • Title: The Book of Job as a Greek Tragedy
  • Author: H. Kallen
  • Publisher: Moffat, Yard & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 163

About Horace Meyer Kallen

Horace Meyer Kallen (1882–1974) was the son of a rabbi and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1887. He earned a PhD in philosophy in 1908 from Harvard. He was the author of several books, including Democracy and the Melting Pot and Utopians at Bay.