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Bibil Identifier bibil:222500
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Job's Attempt to Regain Control: Traces of a Babylonian Birth Incantation in Job 3
Author Langton, Karen
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 459-469 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Some have suggested that Job's ‘curse’ in ch. 3, beginning ‘Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth’ (3.1), is intended to prod God into allowing him to die (cf. 2.9) or perhaps to gain him an audience with God so that he can vindicate himself. However, the key to interpreting ch. 3 lies in understanding the womb imagery which is present in all three strophes. This article explores possible thematic and literary parallels between Job's opening speech in 3.1–10 and Akkadian birth incantations, and suggests that the opening speech is a satirical reversal of a birth incantation designed to undo his birth rather than to assist a birth.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212438007
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Curse
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Birth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts : Incantations
Pericopes Job 3
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