The book of Job functions as literature of survival, where Job deals with the trauma of suffering and attempts to come to terms with a collapsed moral and theological world. Eventually, Job reconnects the broken pieces of his world into a new moral universe, which explains and contains the trauma of his recent experiences and renders his life meaningful again. The resources contained in Studies on Job show how to deal with suffering and the effect that it has on us. Yair Hoffman uncovers the relationship between Job and other ancient texts to help us understand the theology and theodicy that is a part of the book of Job.
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Studies on Job is an essential part of anyone’s library who desires to understand suffering and the role that it plays in our lives.
To help understand this focus on death in Job, the effects on the human psyche of various traumatic experiences are investigated. Survivors of disaster often sense that their world has "collapsed" and they engage in a struggle to go on living. Part of this struggle involves finding meaning in death and locating death's place in the continuity of life. Like many such survivors, Job's understanding of death is a flashpoint indicating his bewilderment in the early portions of his speeches, and later on the reconfiguration of a world that can account for disaster and render death—and life—meaningful again.
Dan Mathewson is Assistant Professor of Religion, Wofford College.
Once the “poor relation” of biblical theology, wisdom is now assuming a central role in the reconstruction of Israelite religion and the formation of scripture. This clear, yet sophisticated, study brings together creation, anthropology, myth, narrative, metaphor and much else in a comprehensive synthesis representing the fruits of nearly two decades of research by a leading student of Wisdom
Leo G. Perdue is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, USA. He is the author of numerous books, including Wisdom and Creation: The Theology of Wisdom Literature, After the Collapse of History: New Approaches to Biblical Theology , and Sword and Stylus: An Invitation to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. He is the series editor for The Library of Biblical Theology and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht's Library of Wisdom. He is the English editor The Biblical Encyclopedia.
The main methodological thesis of this study is that the book of Job, more than any other book in the Bible, should be treated as an artistic work in which form and content cannot be separated. An acquaintance with the literary aspects of the book, including its relations with other ancient Near Eastern texts, is a precondition to the understanding of its theology. The deep structure of the book is that of a catalogue, which is a key to understanding its approach to the problem of theodicy. The difficult language of Job is scrutinized, and is proved to be an original and immanent characteristic of the book. A synthesis of the literary, linguistic and theological characteristics of Job leads to its paradoxical—not absurd—definition as “a blemished perfection”.
Yair Hoffman is an Emeritus Professor of Bible at Tel-Aviv University. He has published books on various biblical topics such as: The Doctrine of the Exodus in the Bible, The Prophecies Against Foreign Nations in the Bible. He recently published a 2-volume commentary on the Book of Jeremiah.
Noegel examines instances of Janus parallelism in the Hebrew Bible with particular attention to the book of Job, and with excursuses on the device in other ancient Near Eastern literatures. The author finds the punning device integral to the book of Job, serving a referential function. Within the context of dialogue and debate, the polysemous statements resemble a poetry contest among the participants. The book also treats the relationship between wordplay and wisdom literature; polysemy as preserved in the Greek, Aramaic, Latin, and Syriac translations; and the impact of Janus parallelism on textual criticism and the unity of the book of Job.
Scott B. Noegel is visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington, Seattle.