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Bibil Identifier bibil:203869
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Book of Job and the Origins of Judaism
Author Sanders, James A.
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 39, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 60-70 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recently developed tools of intertextual analysis show that the dialogues in the Book of Job were in effect echoes of major debates in the early to middle Persian Period about the worth and responsibility of the individual in the new Judaism scattering throughout the empire. They expose the fallacy of the "conservative" tendency to apply past truth literally or statically to new realities without first making the necessary adjustments needed to address new problems. The earlier prophetic and deuteronomic arguments why Israel and Judah had been destroyed still served well to explain the national disaster, but the truth of them had to be refocused to apply to the new situation of individual experiences in widely dispersed Judaism. The Joban dialogues may thus have served as guide for Early Jewish debates about the role of the past when contemporized to the present, the critical function of canon.
DOI 10.1177/0146107909103879
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
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