Yair Hoffman's A Blemished Perfection: Book of Job in Context PDF

By Yair Hoffman

ISBN-10: 1850755833

ISBN-13: 9781850755838

The major methodological thesis of this examine is that the publication of task, greater than the other e-book within the Bible, will be taken care of as a creative paintings within which shape and content material can't be separated. therefore, a great acquaintance with the literary elements of the e-book, together with its kin with different old close to japanese texts, is a precondition to the certainty of its theology. The deep constitution of the e-book is that of a catalogue-which is a key to knowing its method of the matter of theodicy. The tricky language of activity is scrutinized, and is proved to be an unique and immanent attribute of the booklet. A synthesis of the literary, linguistic and theological features of activity ends up in its paradoxical-not absurd-definition as 'a blemished perfection'.

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Suggested Genre Classifications of the Book of Job A considerable number of scholars have addressed their attention to the question of the genre classification of the book of Job, whether as a whole or with regard to specific sections. These studies expose the essential problematics involved in any genre classification: the blurring of the boundaries between genre and sub-genre; the overlapping of the various sub-genres; the attempt to impose a specific cultural anchor (Sitz im Leberi) upon a literary genre; and more.

This happened in the case of Job: God, who loved him, brought upon him disaster; his faith in God is at the same time the source of Job's emotional distress. 1; 20-21; etc. 1-2; etc. 7. Aristotle formulates his demands of the heroes of tragedy in four rules: (a) that they be good; (b) the appropriateness of the image, that is, that it not be artificial or forced (such as, that an ignorant or simple man not declaim philosophical thoughts); (c) 'naturalness (likeness) of the individual'—that the figure be unique and archetypal; (d) consistency— 'In the character also, in exactly the same way as in the structure of the incident, one must seek constantly either for the necessary or the probable, so that it will be either necessary or probable that the kind of person say or do a certain kind of thing, and either necessary or probable that this incident follow that one' (ch.

Hence, point (c) is particularly important, and we may now reformulate it in broader theoretical terms. In order properly to criticize a work of art that seems corrupt, one needs thorough knowledge of the system of constraints and conventions which determined its original character. But in this respect as well there are at least two decisive differences between the book of Job and the Ugaritic epic. First, the book of Job was not written with the same schematic strictness as the Ugaritic epic poem, so that the critical statements regarding it cannot have the same force as the proposed reconstructions concerning the epic.

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