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Bibil Identifier bibil:215899
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Job as Comedy, Revisited
Author Pelham, Abigail
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 89-112 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Inspired by William Whedbee’s 1977 claim that the Book of Job is a comedy, this article interprets Job as such, contrasting tragedy’s portrayal of humankind as noble with comedy’s portrayal of humans as fools. When Elihu, an obvious buffoon, enters the story, his foolishness reflects back on Job and his friends, inasmuch as he is like them, turning what has seemed to be a tragedy into a comedy. God, too, becomes a fool when, in his speeches, he picks up on Elihu’s language, even as he attempts to differentiate himself from his self-appointed spokesperson. The article concludes with two comedic readings of God’s speeches and offers a possible reason why the author has chosen to write this way.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210378963
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
Pericopes Job 38-41
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