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Bibil Identifier bibil:201809
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) The Theology of Job as Revealed in His Replies to His Friends in the Septuagint Translation
Author Cimosa, Mario
Author Bonney, Gillian
Congress volume XIII Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 55-65 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Today a well-balanced approach to the problem of the Old Greek translation of the book of Job being shorter than the Hebrew Masoretic text would consist of a careful scrutiny of the theological teendencies of the Greek version, as several scholars have already done. This means seriously considering the translator's competence and closely examining Job's drama, the anthropomorphisms, eschatology, and theology of the translator, in order to comprehend how the book was proposed and understood by its Greek readers. Immediately, before the conclusion and the epilogue, God reproaches the three friends who, by a specious defence of God's rights and by means of a theodicy, wanted to convince Job that he was guilty of some secret sins, for not having spoken th truth but praises Job his servant (Job 42:7-10). One might ask what is the meanig of these words of YHWH? How did Job speak truly of YHWH in the nine dialogues with his friends? A careful comparison of the Masoretic text with that of the LXX reveals Job's thoughts more clearly, that is, his concept of God and his theology. The image of an unjust God, as he appears from Job's bitter trials and is defended in the friends' speeches,, since he is of human stature, yields its place to that of a mysterious God of salvation, whom Job discovers from his own personal experience. This seems to be implicit in Job's replies to his friends, in some details of the Greek text and above all in the analysis of Job's replies which are to bee found in chapter 21, a chapter which seems to recapitulate more than others the subjects of the discussions with his friends and Job's replies. The twenty first chapter of the book of Job belongs to the second cycle of speeches. It is an important chapter of the book (and is the focus of this paper) because it is a kind of synthesis of the matters discussed with his friends and Job's objections. The subject of God's justice is clearly examined and in the light of personal experience.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice of God
Pericopes Job 21
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