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Bibil Identifier bibil:221151
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Justice for the Innocent Job!
Author LaCocque, André
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 19, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 19-32 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Job's final theophany is puzzling. In fact, far from being a display of God's omnipotence, it is a confession of divine weakness: God needs Job/the human to fight evil in creation—the latter is here de-moralized, only restrained but ever threatened by inhuman forces, at times monstrous). The persistence of evil torments the innocent (Abel, Job, Jesus, the martyrs of the Shoah ...). Job's theme is highlighted from the outset in 1:8-12 where God's insecurity is manifest, depending as it is on an unpredictable human response (1:9). The central point is that there is no deus ex machina as there is no human robot. Job's insistence on this becomes subversive as it routs the principle of distributive justice and promotes one of disinterested righteousness. When Job realizes that his former complaints were a miscarriage of justice toward God, he repents. That is, he realizes that his claimed surplus of justice implied a deficiency of love. At this point, Job proves that he, at least, reveres God without expecting any reward (see 1:9). The satan is defeated and God comes out vindicated by his creature.
DOI 10.1163/156851510X541468
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Theodicy
Pericopes Job 1,8-1,12
Job 42
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